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The Dragon Cart: The Femme Fatale in Seventeenth-Century French Opera

Susan Mcclary

in Desire and Pleasure in Seventeenth-Century Music

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780520247345
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520952065 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520247345.003.0011
The Dragon Cart: The Femme Fatale in Seventeenth-Century French Opera

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Of all seventeenth-century cultural environments, the court of Louis XIV would seem the most concerned with dictating the terms of social and artistic order. Yet some of the most notable instances of tragédie lyrique—Lully's Armide and Marc-Antoine Charpentier's Médée—end with sorceresses taking to the air on dragon carts, breaking through the frame we would expect to contain their energies. “The Dragon Cart” examines the conditions that made these extraordinary gestures and characterizations viable.

Keywords: Jean-Baptiste Lully; Marc-Antoine Charpentier; tragédie lyrique; Torquato Tasso; François Boucher

Chapter.  5952 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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