Beauchamp's Music for Molière's Comedy
Pierre Beauchamp (1631-1705), the most prominent French dancer and choregrapher of his time, also composed music for many of his ballets. His collaboration with Molière resulted in a small masterpiece, the comédie-ballet Les Fâcheux [The Bores], the music for which is published here for the first time.
George Houle's edition includes an introduction, notes on performance practice, the full score, and separate parts for five string instruments. A short section by Herbert W. Myers provides directions for orchestral bowing technique based on the treatises of Muffat, Montéclair, and Dupont.
The score consists of an Ouverture and twelve dances, including pantomimic and comical dances as well as bourées, gavottes, and menuets. The music is characterized by a mixture of modal and tonal harmonies, and its metrical shifts and melodic twists suggest the lively comedy of Beauchamp's dancing.