Personalities | Simon-Joseph Pellegrin | Late Baroque | Opera
Simon-Joseph Pellegrin was a monk who sailed twice with the French fleet to the Orient, and who put into verse Biblical texts that were sung to music by Lully and Campra at the royal convent at St Cyr. Pellegrin provided libretti for many composers, including Campra and Desmarets, but his best-known works are Jephté, set to music by Montéclair in 1732, and Hippolyte et Aricie, composed by Jean-Philippe Rameau in 1733.
Pellegrin seemed content to mingle the domestic benefits of religious life with the pleasures of the theatre, and was granted a papal dispensation to continue living at the Cluny Monastery while providing texts for the comedies and tragedies that were performed in Paris, until he was eventually excommunicated.
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