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Rameau's Le Temple de la Gloire in Berkeley.

Rameau's Le Temple de la Gloire in Berkeley. From 28-30 April 2017 at Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley, California, the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Philharmonia Chorale, New York Baroque Dance Company, and seven vocal soloists presented a fully staged production of the original 1745 version of Jean-Philippe Rameau's Le Temple de la Gloire (The Temple of Glory). The production--given under the auspices of Cal Performances and the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles--marked the third, fourth, and fifth performances of the original version, the first two having been given in the presence of Louis XV at Versailles. The performance materials for the 2017 production were edited by Dr. Julien Dubruque from MS 958 in the Jean Gray Hargrove Music Library at the University of California, Berkeley. That manuscript--the only complete source for the 1745 version--was on display in the lobby of Zellerbach Hall during the weekend of performances.

Rameau's Le Temple de la Gloire is widely known in its extensively revised second version of 1746, first published in 1909 by Durand in an edition that Alexandre Guilmant prepared from manuscript sources in Paris and Versailles. The manuscript of the 1745 version was acquired by the pianist Alfred Cortot (1877-1962), and then held by Albi Rosenthal until he sold it to UC Berkeley's Vincent Duckles in 1976.

John Shepard, Curator of Music Collections

Jean Gray Hargrove Music Library

University of California, Berkeley

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Author:Shepard, John
Publication:Fontes Artis Musicae
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Date:Jul 1, 2017
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