André Ernest Modeste Grétry (1741 – 1813) was a
composer from the Prince-Bishopric of Ličge
(present-day Belgium), who worked from 1767 onwards in
France and took French nationality. He is most famous
for his opéras comiques.
"Zémire et Azor" (Zémire and Azor) is an opéra comique,
described as a comédie-ballet męlée de chants et de
danses, in four acts by the Belgian composer André
Grétry, The French text was by Jean François Marmontel
based on La Belle et la bęte (Beauty and the Beast) by
Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont, and Amour pour
amour by P. C. Nivelle de La Chaussé. The opera
includes the famous coloratura display piece La
Fauvette in which the soprano imitates birdsong.
The passepied (French [pasˈpje] 'passing feet') is
a 17th- and 18th-century dance that originated in
Brittany. The term can also be used to describe the
music to which a passepied is set. The music is an
example of a dance movement in Baroque music and is
almost always a movement in binary form with a fast
tempo and a time signature of three quavers (eighth
notes) per bar, each section beginning with an upbeat
of a single quaver.
I created this arrangement for String Quartet (2
Violins, Viola & Cello).