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Armide tragedie : mise en musique Gravée par H. Baussen, 1710. A Paris : A l'entrée de la porte de l'Academie royale de musique au Palais royal, rue Saint Honoré.
LWV 71./ RISM L 2995. Folio. (14 3/4" x 10 3/4") 19th century red morocco spine, cloth side. Wholly engraved score 188p, with vignettes at the beginning of each act.
Music by Lully, paroles by Quinault. First published Paris: Ballard, 1686, this is the second edition, the first with illustrations in the score. “The 1710 reduced score of Lully’s Armide printed by Bassen illustrated the scene with a picture that may suggest how it was actually staged – the palace is built to be dismantled” (Daniel Heartz)
“Since Armide was printed during the composer’s lifetime and with close collaboration between composer and publisher, it is the most important and reliable source for the work” The second edition of 1710 is also important because De Bausen was a fomer employee of Ballard. (Rosand)
One of a series of just a few ballet/operas with music by Lully that were engraved by Baussen soon after the publisher Ballard lost the monopoly on music publishing in France.
References: Heartz, Daniel. Music in European capitals: the galant style, 1720-1780; Rosand, Ellen. Baroque music (1985)