Société Jean-Philippe Rameau
Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683, Dijon – 1764, Paris), a contemporary of Bach and Handel, is regarded as one of the most prominent figures of the Baroque era. As a theorist and scholar of international importance, as well as a brilliant composer, he left an extensive and impressive output, parts of which have still not yet been published.
In the editorial project currently being undertaken, directed by Sylvie Bouissou, Rameau’s musical output will be presented in its entirety for the first time. The five series of the Complete Edition contain Instrumental Music (3 volumes), Sacred and Secular Vocal Music (1 volume each), Dramatic Music (31 volumes) and Fragments (2 volumes). For each title there is a linen bound full score with libretto and Critical Commentary, as well as performance material comprising vocal scores (paperback) and the individual parts. These are available on hire from Alkor Edition. Of the operas which are at the heart of Rameau’s output, famous works such as Platée, Dardanus, Hippolyte et Aricie (1742 and 1757 versions), Les Indes Galantes, Castor et Pollux (1754 version), Zoroastre and Pigmalion are now available.
Less well-known stage works including Naïs, Zaïs, Anacréon, Les Fêtes de l’Hymen et de l’Amour, Le Temple de la Gloire and Daphnis et Églé are also available, some of which have been recorded on CD to great acclaim in the music press. The new edition of Rameau’s “Opus summum” Les Boréades is planned for the beginning of 2021.