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ballet de cour

ballet de cour (Fr.). Fr. court ballet of the 17th cent. The Balet comique de la royne, comp. for the marriage festivities of the Duc de Joyeuse and the sister of the queen of Fr. in 1581 is considered the first of its kind. Numerous other ballets were comp. for the Fr. court up to the 1670s, when they were gradually superseded by Lully's operas.

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