A CHRONOLOGICAL VIEW OF WESTERN MUSIC HISTORY IN THE CONTEXT OF WORLD EVENTS

Pierre-Alexandre Monsigny

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October 17, 1729: Pierre-Alexandre Monsigny is born in Fauquembergues (at present 13 rue Monsigny), near Saint-Omer, Kingdom of France, the son of Nicolas Monsigny, a poor nobleman, and Marie Antoinette Dufresne.
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February 7, 1759: Les aveux indiscrets, an intermède by Pierre-Alexandre Monsigny (29) to words of La Ribardière after de La Fontaine, is performed for the first time, in Foire Saint-Germain, Paris. The work is a success.
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February 13, 1760: Le maître en droit, an opéra bouffon by Pierre-Alexandre Monsigny (30) to words of Lemonnier after La Fontaine, is performed for the first time, in Foire Saint-Germain, Paris. It is well received.
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February 4, 1761: Le cadi dupé, an opéra bouffon by Pierre-Alexandre Monsigny (31) to words of Le Monnier after de la Croix, is performed for the first time, in the Foire Saint-Germain, Paris.
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September 14, 1761: On ne s’avise jamais de tout, an opéra comique mêlé de morceaux de musique by Pierre-Alexandre Monsigny (31) to words of Sedaine after La Fontaine, is performed for the first time, in Théâtre de la Foire Saint-Laurent, Paris. It is a great success.
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November 22, 1762: Le roi et le fermier, a comédie mêlée morceaux de musique by Pierre-Alexandre Monsigny (33) to words of Sedaine after Dodsley, is performed for the first time, in the Théâtre Bourgogne, Paris.
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March 8, 1764: Rose et Colas, a comédie by Pierre-Alexandre Monsigny (34) to words of Sedaine after Desfontaines, is performed for the first time, in the Théâtre Bourgogne, Paris.
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April 15, 1766: Aline, reine de Golconde, a ballet héroïque by Pierre-Alexandre Monsigny (36) to a scenario by Sedaine after Boufflers, is performed for the first time, at the Paris Opéra. This marks the first time that an opéra-comique composer has written for the Opéra.
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March 6, 1769: Le déserteur, a drame en prose mêlée de musique by Pierre-Alexandre Monsigny (39) to words of Sedaine, is performed for the first time, at the Théâtre Bourgogne, Paris.
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October 25, 1769: La rosière de Salency, a ballet pastorale by François-André Danican Philidor (43), Pierre-Alexandre Monsigny (40), Baron van Swieten and others to words of Favart, is performed for the first time, at Fontainebleau.
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November 2, 1771: Le faucon, an opéra comique en prose mêlée d’ariettes by Pierre-Alexandre Monsigny (42) to words of Sedaine after La Fontaine, is performed for the first time, at Fontainebleau. The reception is not favorable.
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May 11, 1772: During a performance of Le Déserteur by Pierre-Alexandre Monsigny (42) in the Amsterdam Schouwburg, fire breaks out on stage. Eighteen people are killed and the building is a total loss.
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November 6, 1773: La belle Arsène, a comédie-féerie mêlée d’ariettes by Pierre-Alexandre Monsigny (44) to words of Favart after Voltaire, is performed for the first time, at Fontainebleau.
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January 7, 1784: Pierre-Alexandre Monsigny (54) marries Amélie de Villemagne, a daughter of his employer.
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January 14, 1817: Pierre-Alexandre Monsigny dies in Paris, Kingdom of France, aged 87 years, two months and 28 days.  His mortal remains will be laid to rest in Cimitière du Père-Lachaise.