Mélicerte is a:
- two-act heroic pastoral comedy inhabited by shepherds and shepherdesses.
- It is an incomplete (two acts out of three) heroic pastoral comedy
- Molière wrote Mélicerte in alexandrine verses, le vers noble.
- Molière’s Mélicerte is the third of thirteen “entrées” in Isaac de Benserade‘s Ballet des Muses.
- Thalia is the muse of comedy.
- The music was composed by Jean-Baptiste Lully.
- Molière drew his inspiration from an épisode of Le Grand Cyrus, a novel by Madeleine de Scudéry (Sapho) who had a salon. Guests visited on Saturday. It was la Société du samedi, the Saturday Society.
- Mélicerte was performed for the court on 2 December 1666, at Saint-Germain-en-Laye, a royal residence.
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© Micheline Walker
1 May 2019