ELEVENTH BIENNIAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON BAROQUE MUSIC

Manchester, 14th-18th July 2004


Abstract

Peter Walls (University of Wellington, New Zealand)

“Mind the gap”: musical sources and musical realization in Renault

The principal musical sources for the Ballet de la délivrance de Renaud are the Discours for the vocal music and the Philidor manuscript F-Pn Ms. Rés 497. Neither of these communicate anything of the splendour of the musical settings described in the narrative sections of the Discours. This paper indicates the ways in which this narrative and other ancillary material helps to illuminate the question of what the music of Renaud sounded like in performance. It also enumerates a number of questions (which are probably not susceptible to definitive answers) about the use of instruments and the relationship between the musical structure of the dance music and the choreography.


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