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Transcripts of European manuscripts and early imprints not under the M1500 classification are located among the following Library of Congress classifications:
The following scores are transcripts of miscellaneous dramatic musical works cataloged under the call numbers listed above. When possible, the titles link to bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Links to additional online content are included when available.
The Collection Philidor, held today by the Bibliothèque Nationale, originally comprised 59 volumes that were transcribed in Versailles between 1670 and 1710 from 16th and 17th-century sources by the Keepers of the Music Library of King Louis XIV, primarily André Danican Philidor (c.1652-1730), François Fossard (1642-1702), at their atelier.
According to Laurence Decobert, a portion of the collection was transferred from Versailles to the library of the Paris Conservatoire during the French Revolution. By the time the Music Division’s copies were transcribed at the Conservatory between 1917-1924, only 31 of the 59 volumes were extant. Decobert reports that these losses were suffered between 1820 and 1830, “especially under the management of (François-Joseph) Fétis, who was charged, perhaps wrongly, with having misappropriated some manuscripts.”
André Danican Philidor served as musician in ordinary to King Louis XIV and guardian of the royal music library; his transcriptions for the King included selections of ballet music (especially works composed by Jean-Baptiste Lully) belonging to the reigns of Francis I, Henry III, Henry IV, and Louis XIII. The project was likely undertaken on direct command of Louis XIV, who was fond of dancing and, in younger years, participated in a number of the ballets included in these volumes.
Information about manuscripts in the Collection Philidor at the Music Department of the Bibliothèque Nationale can be accessed through online RISM records and by consulting Gallica’s descriptive bibliographies and digital scans available by searching online. External
Volume 1: Recueil de plusieurs vieux airs faits aux sacres, couronnements, mariages et autres solennites faits sous les règnes de François Ier, Henri III, Henri IV et Louis XIII. (copied ca. 1690)
Volume 2: Recüeil de plusieurs anciens ballets dansez sous le règnes de (Henry 3, Henry 4 et) Louis 13 (1575 – 1622).
Volume 3: Recüeil de plusieurs anciens ballets dansez sous le règnes de (Henry 3, Henry 4 et) Louis 13. (1575 – 1647).
Volume 5: Ballet Royal de la Nuict. (Music by Jean de Cambefort, 1653).
Volume 7: Ballet Royal des Plaisirs. (Music by Jean-Baptiste Lully, 1655)
Volume 8: Ballet Royal d’Alcidiane. (Music by Jean-Baptiste Lully; text by Isaac de Benserade, 1658)
Volume 9: Ballet Royal de La Raillerie. (Music by Jean-Baptiste Lully; text by Isaac de Benserade, 1659)
Volume 10: Ballet Royal de L’impatience. (Music by Jean-Baptiste Lully; text by Isaac de Benserade, 1661)
Volume 11: Les Noces de Village. (Music by Jean-Baptiste Lully; text by Isaac de Benserade, 1663)
Volume 12: Les amours déguisés. (Music by Jean-Baptiste Lully; text by Perigny, 1664)
Volume 13: Le mariage force. (Music by Jean-Baptiste Lully, 1664)
Volume 14: Ballet Royal de la Naissance de Venus. (Music by Jean-Baptiste Lully; text by Isaac de Benserade, 1665)
Volume 15: Ballet Royal de L’amour malade. (Music by Jean-Baptiste Lully; text by Isaac Benserade, 1657)
Volume 16: Ballet Royal de Flore. (Music by Jean-Baptiste Lully; text by Isaac de Benserade, 1669)
Volume 18: Les Ballets des Jesuites. (Music by Pierre Beauchamps, Henry Desmarets (attrib. ‘Desmatins’), and Pascal Collasse). 1681, 1687.
Volume 20: Ballet de Villeneuve St. Georges. (Music by Pascal Collasse; text by Banzy, 1692); Divertissement de Livry. (?Collasse)
Volume 21bis: N.B.: This volume contains only the texts for the enumerated ballets. Ballet Royal de la Nuict, 1653; Ballet des Proverbes,1654; Masquarade des cinq Villageois et des cinq Amans de la Cour, 1654; Ballet du Temps, 1654; Suite du ballet des Nopces de l’epousée de Massy, 1654; Ballet de la Revente des Habits, 1655; La Galanterie du Temps; Mascarade; Le Grand Ballet des Bienvenus, 1655.
Volume 24: Ballet des Muses. (Music by Jean-Baptiste Lully; text Isaac de Benserade, 1666)
Volume 28: Le Canal de Versailles. (Music by André Danican Philidor, 1687)
Volume 29: L’Amour médecin. (Music by Jean-Baptiste Lully, 1665)
Volume 31: N.B.: This volume contains only the texts for the enumerated ballets.Xerxès (Music by Francesco Cavalli, 1660); Ballet Royal de l’impatience (Music by Jean-Baptiste Lully; text by Isaac de Benserade, 1661); Ballet des Saisons (Music by Jean-Baptiste Lully; text by Isaac de Benserade, 1661).
Volume 32: N.B.: This volume contains only the texts for the enumerated ballets. Ballet des arts (1663); Ballet Masquarade ridicule (1663); Ballet des amours deguisez (1664); Ballet du mariage forcé (1664); Ballet Royal de la naissance de Vénus (1665).
Volume 33: George Dandin ou Le grand divertissement royal de Versailles. (Music by Jean-Baptiste Lully; text by Louis de Mollière, 1668)
Volume 35: N.B.: This volume contains only the texts for the enumerated ballets. Ballet masquarade des plaisirs troublez (1657); Ballet Royal d’Alcidiane, (1658); Ballet de chacun fait le métier d’autruy (1659); Ballet de la raillerie (1659); Ballet de la paix (1660).
Volume 36: Concert de violons et hautbois. (Music by ?Louis, ?Jean-Baptiste Lully, 1707)
Volume 41bis: Recueil d’ouvertures de Lully et d’airs de ballet. (n.d.)
Volume 47: Les plaisirs de l’isle enchantée. (Music by Jean-Baptiste Lully, 1664)
Volume 49: La Grotte de Versaille. (Music by Jean-Baptitste Lully, 1668
Volume 51: Recueil de plusieurs belles pieces de simphonie. (Musical selections and excerpts by several composers.)
Volume 54: Le Mariage de la Grosse Cathos. (Music by André Danican Philidor, 1688)
These volumes are transcripts of airs, scenes, and duo Italiens by the composer Christoph Willibald Ritter von Gluck.
The order of individual pieces is as appears in each volume. In the 1926 Annual Report, Carl Engel claimed that the seven symphonies (included in Volume E) were unpublished at that time; a modern edition of the these instrumental works was finally completed in 2018 as part of the Gluck Gesamtausgabe - volume V, band 2. External
Arsace, ca. 1743
Clemenzo di Tito
Clemenza di Tito
The following titles are listed in shelf list order.