Le comte de Clermont et les intermèdes italiens vers 1752

Translated title of the contribution: Count Clermont and Italian intermezzi around 1752

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This research concerns the private theatre activity of Louis de Bourbon-Condé, comte de Clermont (1701-1771), principally at his residence at Berny. After a résumé of private theatre premieres of opéra-comique given at a range of private theatres, the music-theatre interests of Clermont are investigated, and not least the evidence from a letter that he intended to publish music.In 1752 Clermont commissioned his secretary Collé to create a comedy in French made out of newly-popular music from 'La serva padrona', 'Il giocatore' and 'Il maestro di musica'. The resulting 'intermède' was 'Le Jaloux corrigé' (Berny, 18 November 1752). This was indeed published, and reviewed in 'Mercure de France', before being transferred to the Paris Opéra stage where it was sung by the visiting Italian soloists of Eustaccio Bambini. After consideration of the new style of recitatives composed by Michel Blavet the study concludes by identifying further oblong-shaped scores that may well have appeared under Clermont's patronage, 'La scaltra governatrice', 'Tracollo', 'Il cinese rimpatriato' and 'Les Bohémiennes', which last was dedicated to Clermont by Bambini's arranger, Giuseppe Cosimi.
Translated title of the contributionCount Clermont and Italian intermezzi around 1752
Original languageFrench
Title of host publicationLes Théâtres de société au XVIIIe siècle
EditorsMarie-Emmanuelle Plagnol-Diéval, Dominique Quéro
Place of PublicationBrussels
PublisherÉditions de l'Université de Bruxelles
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)2800413646
Publication statusPublished - 2005

Publication series

NameÉtudes sur le 18e siècle
PublisherEditions de l'Université de Bruxelles
ISSN (Print)800413646


  • Eighteenth century, private theatre, Comte de Clermont, Italian comic opera, intermezzo, parody, Michel Blavet

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