Louis-Guillaume Pécour: Entrée grave from Lully’s “Persée”
Source: Michel Gaudrau (ed.), Nouveau recüeil de dance de bal et celle de ballet […] de la composition de Mr Pecour tant pour hommes que pour femmes qui ont été dancées a l’Opera […], Paris: Gaudrau 1715, 91–94.
Performed by Mojca Gal (dance, violin) and Bruno Hurtado Gosalvez (viol)
Reconstruction of the dance: Edmund Fairfax.
Sound ingeneering: Leonardo Bortolotto
Recorded in Basel, 2022
© Mojca Gal
The video was made available to us with the kind permission of Mojca Gal.
This video is related to thie article by Mojca Gal: “The Performance Practice of Dance Music in 18th-Century France. Case Study: The Entrée Grave”, in: Tanz und Musik. Perspektiven für die Historische Musikpraxis, Basel 2023, 281–297 (BBHM 42)
This article presents a part of the process of working on the entrée grave (a theatrical dance in the serious style of the 18th-century ballet), which the author learned to perform both as a dancer and as a musician. The discussion mainly focuses on the performance practice of the music, investigating points of intersection and correlations between music and ballet on the basis of period sources, and ultimately questioning the modern performance practice of ballet music.