The book is not simply an exhaustive biography about the French composer Rameau. It is a tome placing Rameau succeeding to the traditions of the court opera as conceived and developed by Lully and very much Rameau retaining the tradition of the tragedies lyriques. Masson examines, inter alia, the styles and the forms of the recitatives and the arias, the symphonies dramatiques et de danse. This book is an unabridged reprinting by the Da Capo Music Reprint Series of the original 1930 printing of the text of Henri Laurens. There are relatively few titles about Rameau and this book stands as an important work of reference. Worldcat references only nine copies and attests to this being a complete and unabridged copy of the original. In French/ en francais.
The boards have some marking through use and are clean, pages are almost like new and crisp (the Lauren's original pages are reported to be browning). As a former library book, there is labelling to lower spine, a library stamp to ffep, a library stamp to the first title page, a library pocket to rear endpaper and a bar code.,a library stamp to top edge and is unobtrusive to the reprint of the original book.
Author P-M Masson
Binding Publisher's Blue Cloth
Publisher Da Capo Press New York
Illustrator ***** RMJ BOOKS YORK FAIR MEZZANINE STAND 146 *****
Condition Very good