Molière Jean Baptiste Poquelin, better known by his stage name of Moliere, stands without a rival at the head of French comedy. Born at Paris in January, 1622, where his father held a position in the royal household, he was educated at the Jesuit College de Clermont, and for some time studied law, which he soon abandoned for the stage. His life was spent in Paris and in the provinces, acting, directing performances, managing theaters, and writing plays. He had his share of applause from the king and from the public; but the satire in his comedies made him many enemies, and he was the object of the most venomous attacks and the most impossible slanders. Nor did he find much solace at home; for he married unfortunately, and the unhappiness that followed increased the bitterness that public hostility had brought into his life. On February 17, 1673, while acting in “La Malade Imaginaire,” the last of his masterpieces, he was seized with illness and died a few hours later.
Molière Tartuffe, or the Impostor: Dramatic Audio Edition, is one of the most famous theatrical comedies by Molière. In this dramatic audio edition, you can follow along with a cast of actors that reenact the play for you. Written in 1664, Tartuffe was almost immediately censored by King Louis XIV.
Molière L'ouverture se fait par un grand assemblage d'instruments ; et dans le milieu du théâtre on voit un élève du Maître de musique, qui compose sur une table un air que le Bourgeois a demandé pour une sérénade.
Molière This timeless comedy by one of France's greatest playwrights follows the outrageous activities of a penniless scoundrel and religious pretender. Invited to live in his benefactor's house, he wreaks havoc among family members by breaking off the daughter's engagement, attempting to seduce his hostess, and resorting to blackmail and extortion.
Molière Flora. appears in the centre of the stage, attended by Vertumnus, god of trees and fruit, and by Palemon, god of the streams. Each of these gods conducts a troup of divinities; one leads in his train Dryads and Sylvans, and the other River Gods and Naiads.
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Molière The School for Husbands was the first play in the title of which the word “School” was employed, to imply that, over and above the intention of amusing, the author designed to convey a special lesson to his hearers. Perhaps Molière wished not only that the general public should be prepared to find instructions and warnings for married men, but also that they who were wont to regard the theatre as injurious, or at best trivial, should know that he professed to educate, as well as to entertain. We must count the adoption of similar titles by Sheridan and others amongst the tributes, by imitation, to Molière’s genius.
Molière The scene opens with the pleasant sound of a great many instruments, and represents a vast sea, bordered on each side by four large rocks. On the summit of each is a river god, leaning on the insignia usual to those deities. At the foot of these rocks are twelve Tritons on each side, and in the middle of the sea four Cupids on dolphins; behind them the god Æolus floating on a small cloud above the waves. Æolus commands the winds to withdraw; and whilst four Cupids, twelve Tritons, and eight river gods answer him, the sea becomes calm, and an island rises from the waves. Eight fishermen come out of the sea with mother-of-pearl and branches of coral in their hands, and after a charming dance seat themselves each on a rock above one of the river gods. The music announces the advent of Neptune, and while this god is dancing with his suite, the fishermen, Tritons, and river gods accompany his steps with various movements and the clattering of the pearl shells. The spectacle is a magnificent compliment paid by one of the princes to the princesses during their maritime excursion.
Molière Amphitryon was played for the first time in Paris, at the Theatre du Palais-Royal, January 13, 1668. It was successfully received, holding the boards until the 18th of March, when Easter intervened. After the re-opening of the theatre, it was played half a dozen times more the same year, and continued to pleaseThe first edition was published in 1668.
Molière Et qu'est ce qu'à mon âge on a de mieux à faire, Que d'attacher à soi, par le titre d'époux, Un homme qui vous aime et soit aimé de vous, Et de cette union, de tendresse suivie, Se faire les douceurs d'une innocente vie?Ce noeud, bien assorti, n'a t il pas des appas? ArmandeMon Dieu, que votre esprit est d'un étage bas!Que vous jouez au monde un petit personnage, De vous claquemurer aux choses du ménage, Et de n'entrevoir point de plaisirs plus touchantsQu'un idole d'époux et des marmots d'enfants!Laissez aux gens grossiers, aux personnes vulgaires, Les bas amusements de ces sortes d'affaires;A de plus hauts objets élevez vos desirs, Songez à prendre un goût des plus nobles plaisirs, Et traitant de mépris les sens et la matière, A l'esprit comme nous donnez vous toute entière. Vous avez notre mère en exemple à vos yeux, Que du nom de savante on honore en tous lieux:Tâchez ainsi que moi de vous montrer sa fille, Aspirez aux clartés qui sont dans la famille, Et vous rendez sensible aux charmantes douceursQue l'amour de l'étude épanche dans les coeurs;Loin d'être aux lois d'un homme en esclave asservie, Mariez vous, ma soeur, à la philosophie, Qui nous monte au dessus de tout le genre humain, Et donne à la raison l'empire souverain, Soumettant à ses lois la partie animale, Dont l'appétit grossier aux bêtes nous ravale.