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Querelle des Bouffons

Elisabeth Cook

in Grove Music Online

Volume Grove Music Online, issue Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630

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A musical and literary dispute waged in Paris between 1752 and 1754 over the respective merits of French and Italian opera. The performance at the Opéra, on 1 August 1752, of Pergolesi’s intermezzo La serva padrona by an Italian troupe under the direction of Eustachio Bambini is commonly believed to have instigated this controversy, but the seeds of the crisis had been sown months before the Italians’ arrival in Paris. The subsequent quarrel, which engaged

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Subjects: Music

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