“The Radical Rococo: Watteau, the Satiric Musical Stage, and the Burial of Louis XIV”
Case Western Reserve University
Friday, October 20, 2017
2441 Humanities Bldg.
Antoine Watteau (1684-1721) worked briefly as a set painter at the Paris Opera House around 1702-1703, and a number of his most well known paintings can be explained via a series of pieces performed in the musical theater of that time. These works encode a critique of the increasingly unpopular rule of the aging Louis XIV, while offering utopian visions of a new France. Drawing on the opera, ballet, and commedia dell’arte, the presentation will examine the imagery of The French Comedians, The Italian Comedians, Mezzetin, Pierrot, and other works as they respond to and participate in a theatrical game of masks involving satire, parody, and allusion.
Part of the Mead Witter School of Music Colloquium Series