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Henri IV - An unfinished reign

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Ballet des Coqs


Source : ‘Michael Praetorius: Terpsichore musarum (1612)’; Ricercar Consort & La Fenice; dir. Philippe Pierlot & Jean Tubéry; Ricercar 139124 (1994).


In addition to being a vehicle for major allegorical and dramatic spectacles that had obvious political undertones, the court ballet could also serve lighter purposes.
By its descriptive aspect, this piece, which is a fragment from a comic masquerade danced in 1603, suggests the level of whimsy that could be deployed during Carnaval – a special time for court ballets.

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