4. Rien ne doit retarder nos fêtes

From Céphale et Procris, IEJ 1, Prologue

Composer
Elisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre
Key
g minor
Meter
2/2
Length
20 measures

French text

Pan

Rien ne doit retarder nos fêtes.
Le désir de chanter le plus puissant des Rois
Nous fit assembler dans ces Bois;
Si l’on voit s’élever d’effroyables tempêtes,
Vains ennemis tremblez pour vos superbes têtes;
La gloire asservie à ses lois
Va couronner ses dernières conquêtes
Par de nouveaux Exploits.

About the text

  • Author: Joseph-François Duché de Vancy

Instrumentation

  • Pan (Basse)
  • Basse continue

Notes

“Jacquet de La Guerre’s original score was most likely written in five parts, after the tradition established by Lully. As only Ballard’s partition reduite survives, however, only the upper two instrumental parts and the basse continue are extant.” IMSLP

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