Les Fêtes d'Hébé RCT 41 Symphonies (Version of 1739) (Full Score, paperback)

Rameau, Jean-Philippe

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Rameau Les Fêtes d'Hébé RCT 41 Symphonies (Version of 1739) (Full Score, paperback)

The ballet “Les Fêtes d'Hébé” deals with the talents that are usually the subject of the Opéra and are placed at the service of love on stage: poetry and declamation (1st entrée, "La Poésie"), song and harmony (2nd entrée, "La Musique") and finally dance and choreography (3rd entrée, "La Danse"); hence the alternative title of the ballet “Les Talents lyriques”. 

In this ballet opera, Rameau consistently gives priority to the female roles.  The prologue glorifies Hébé, the goddess of youth, and her alliance with love, while “La Poésie” praises the poetress Sappho, who sings almost throughout, and “La Musique” concentrates on the omnipresent princess Iphise; finally, “La Danse” has as its main character the shepherdess Églé, who excels in dance and song.

Since the premiere, the text of the libretto has been perceived as rather unbalanced.  Rameau compensates for these poetic shortcomings with musical boldness and innovations of the highest order.  Be it the overture that throws Lully's model overboard, the varied choral movements such as that of the Thessalians “Que jusqu'au fond de nos grottes profondes”, the virtuoso arias such as Sappho's air “Un jour passé dans les tourments” or the magnificent monologues for Iphise and Tirtée – the originality and beauty of the music testify to incredible ingenuity.

- Ballet in one prologue and three entrées

- Rameau Complete Edition (Opera omnia Rameau)

Denécheau, Pascal
Baerenreiter Germany


  1. La Poésie [Rameau, Jean-Philippe]
  2. La Musique (2 e version, 23 juin 1739) [Rameau, Jean-Philippe]
  3. Les Fêtes d ’Hébé, version de 1739 [Rameau, Jean-Philippe]
  4. La danse [Rameau, Jean-Philippe]
  5. Compléments [Rameau, Jean-Philippe]
  6. La Musique (version de juillet 1739) [Rameau, Jean-Philippe]
  7. Airs dansés par la Barbarina [Rameau, Jean-Philippe]
  8. La Musique (1 re version, 21 mai 1739) [Rameau, Jean-Philippe]
  9. La danse [Rameau, Jean-Philippe]
  10. Pièces regroupées Par tonalités [Rameau, Jean-Philippe]
  11. Pièces en ré [Rameau, Jean-Philippe]
  12. Pièces en mi [Rameau, Jean-Philippe]
  13. Pièces en fa [Rameau, Jean-Philippe]
  14. Pièces en sol [Rameau, Jean-Philippe]
  15. Pièce en la [Rameau, Jean-Philippe]

Additional Information

Baroque Period