Scène d’Hermione, VWV 1007 (Viardot, Pauline)

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Publisher. Info. Paris: Heugel, n.d.(ca.1887). Plate H. 6415(2).
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Work Title Scène d’Hermione
Alternative. Title Scène d’Hermione. Tirée de Andromaque, tragédie de Racine.
Composer Viardot, Pauline
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. VWV 1007
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IPV 35
First Publication. 1887
Librettist Jean Racine (1639-1699)
Language French
Dedication To Mme [Adèle] Franck-Duvernoy
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation voice, piano
Extra Information Editions for contralto or soprano

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This work is based on a speech addressed by Hermione to Pyrrhus in Act IV scene V of Jean Racine’s Andromaque. Three variant autograph piano scores, anonymous manuscript orchestral scores, and other related material are at the Médiathèque Hector Berlioz. Harvard has various drafts including the extracts ‘Je t’aimais inconstant, qu’aurais-je fait fidèle’ and ‘Va lui jurer la foi que tu m’avais jurée’. Interestingly, Harvard also has at least one manuscript which shows that Pauline Viardot intended in addition to set part of Act V scene III: ‘Ah! fallait-il en croire une amante insensée?’ The Royal Academy of Music has a manuscript orchestration of Scène d’Hermione by Henry Wood, which was presumably the one used for its first British performance at the Crystal Palace on 2 November 1901, with Wood as conductor and his wife as soloist. See Musical Standard, 12 October 1901, p. 227, 9 November, p. 297; Athenaeum, 9 November 1901, p. 639.