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Airs de Violons de l'Inconnu, Premier Ballet Dansé par le Roy, Dans son Palais des Tuilleries, Au mois de Fevrier 1720... Et les Entrées du Ballet, sont de la Composition de Mr. Balon, Maître à Danser de Sa Majesté. [Orchestral score]
[Paris]: Jean-Baptiste-Christophe Ballard. 1720. Quarto. Contemporary marbled wrappers. 1f. (title), 1f. (table of contents), 1f. ("Airs de Violons du Premier Ballet, du Roy"), 3-71, [i] ("Attribution") pp. Typeset. Scored for violin and basso continuo with occasional additional parts for oboe, flute, bassoon, etc. In 2-4 parts. Without text. With decorative woodcut printer's device to title and numerous decorative woodcut head- and tailpieces and initials throughout. The music for "La Villageoise" (p. 52) is by Jean-Fery Rebel (1666- 1747). From the collection of André Meyer, with handstamp "Provenant de la Collection Musicale d'André Meyer Décédé en Mai 1974 F. Meyer Octobre 84," and an annotation in pencil "Collection André Meyer + 5.10.1974" to verso of rear free endpaper. Wrappers moderately worn; spine mostly lacking, with crude transparant tape repair; lower wrapper and final free endpaper partially restored. Light foxing and minor staining, heavier to initial leaves; occasional light browning. . First Edition. Rare. RISM AI, Vol. 5, p. 205 (3 copies, all in French libraries). Worldcat (one copy, in Great Britain. Collection Musicale André Meyer, p. 42. L'Inconnu, the first of a series of ballets dedicated to the young Louis XV, was first performed at Tuileries on February 8, 1720. Harpsichordist and organist Michel-Richard Lalande was "the leading composer of the high Baroque grand motet at the French court." He also wrote "some 24 ballets, divertissements, intermèdes and pastorales to entertain royalty at Versailles, Marly, Fontainebleau and Sceaux, and occasionally in Paris, including thoise for Louis XV." James R. Anthony and Lionel Sawkins in Grove online Jean Balon (1676-1739) was a dancer at the Opéra from 1691 where he danced with Pécour, Blondi and Mlle. Prévost in Les Saisons. He was appointed "Composer of Ballets" to the King in 1700. Some of his most notable works include intermezzi for Corneille's L'Inconnu, for Lalande's Les Elémens and for a new production of Rébel's Caractères de la Danse for the debut of Camargo in 1726. Koegler: The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Ballet, 2nd edition, p. 43. The André Meyer collection, formed over a period of some 75 years, was one of the most important collections of printed music, musical autographs, and books on music of the 20th century.
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