Jean-Philippe Rameau: Le Temple de la Gloire, RCT.59 (Vocal Score)
Le Temple de la Gloire, RCT.59 (Vocal Score)
Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683 - 1764)
Opera-ballet with one prologue and 3 acts
Versions of 1746 and 1745
- Edited on the basis of new sources
- 1746 version in the main part of the edition, amendments to the 1745 version in the appendix
- Libretto by Voltaire
- With a performance-orientated piano reduction by François Saint-Yves
Rameau's only surviving opera based on a libretto by Voltaire has survived in two versions (1745 and 1746), whereby the 1745 version was long considered lost. Volume IV.12 of the series "Opera omnia Rameau" presents a complete edition which enables performances of both versions.
Voltaire refers to Metastasio in his libretto in that he wishes to liberate the opera from the gallant milieu and to make it a moralizing stage work that is equally edifying and political. After a prologue dedicated to envy personified, the tyrants Bélus and Bacchus are chased out of the Hall of Fame and finally Trajan is crowned with laurels for defeating the rebels, forgiving them and ultimately turning the Hall of Fame into a public temple.
The music contains many remarkable passages, such as a richly orchestrated overture, the famous monologue "Profonds abîmes du Ténare" with obbligato bassoons, and Trajan's artful final scene "Ramage d'oiseaux".(ISMN 9790006558155)