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Lettres et gazettes au XVIIe siècle - Persée
Summary While music criticism in early modern France shared its history with journals such as the Mercure galant , it neither emerged from a journalistic tradition nor depended on journals for its themes. Recommend this book. The Cambridge History of Music Criticism. Michaud's Biographie universelle immediately came to mind, because I recalled that it contained a biographical sketch of Charpentier. I hied myself to the university library and consulted Michaud. It turns out that both the article on Charpentier and the one on Du Mont were signed by "Roquefort.
Both settled in Paris in or around and conducted scholarly research in the great libraries of Paris. Were they two ships passing in the night, unaware of their proximity? These questions cannot be answered at this time.
On the other hand, it is clear that Roquefort played a significant role in making Marc-Antoine Charpentier known to nineteenth-century readers across Europe. The recipient of the letter was "M. Roquefort settled in Paris and published a glossary of the "langue romane" in , At the time he presumably was also doing the background research for the articles he was to write for Michaud. Thus he would have been working in the different libraries of the French capital.
Indeed, some of Roquefort's articles for Michaud reveal that he was familiar not only with the published works at the Imperial Library today's BnF but also with the manuscript collection, and that he had consulted the library's collection of engraved portraits as well. The cause and effect is quite clear between the subjects of Roquefort's personal research into medieval French speech and poetry, and some of the articles he was assigned to write for Michaud. For the biographical dictionary Roquefort produced numerous entries on the period , usually with emphasis upon the writings of the individual whose life he was summarizing.
To write those articles, Roquefort had to do a lot of reading, a lot of digging.
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This led him to comment upon the poor quality of a published edition, or to the fact that an interesting manuscript variant had been omitted from an edition. Most of his articles do not name the sources of his information. At any rate, at some point after the publication of the dictionary, he began to focus on medieval poetry.
A scholar, then, whose primary interests were anchored in the middle ages.
The article about Lecerf is brief and factual, little more than the man's vital statistics and an enumeration of his published works. It is immediately clear that although they repeat the evidence assembled by Titon du Tillet, Titon's brief biographies have been ornamented with anecdotes. After a bit of reflection, one exclaims: "I've read those anecdotes elsewhere.
But where? And if they ring a bell with Carpentarists, it is because they are quoted in Catherine Cessac's second edition of her Marc-Antoine Charpentier Paris: Fayard, , pp. It is however noteworthy that the anecdote about the advice that Charpentier was wont to give to young musicians is found neither in Titon's biographical sketch nor in the Parfaicts' history.
Exactly what Roquefort was doing circa , besides working against deadlines as part of the Michaud team, is not known. Roquefort died on the island of Guadeloupe in Does the story stop there? In , while traveling, he became acquainted with the music of Bach and his contemporaries.
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Back in Paris by Alvin, p. What was Alvin implying when he talked of condescendance, a word that can mean either "yielding to someone's wishes" or "assuming a superior air toward someone"? In he was appointed librarian of the Paris Conservatory but was dismissed from the post in , in large part because it was becoming clear that he was stealing documents from the library. Truth is stranger than fiction, they say. Still, are these particular coincidences too strange to be brushed aside? To this skeleton they added information that they claimed to have found in the library of someone who wanted to remain anonymous ms.
The article signed by Roquefort in takes the same approach.