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Horatius Coclès
Horatius Coclès is an opera in one act and nine scenes (styled an acte lyrique) by the French composer Étienne Nicolas Méhul with a libretto by Antoine-Vincent Arnault. It was first performed at the Paris Opéra on 18 February 1794. It is based on the Roman legend of Horatius Cocles.Contents1 Background and performance history 2 Roles 3 Synopsis 4 Music 5 Recordings 6 References 7 Sources 8 External linksBackground and performance history[edit] Horatius Coclès was created during the Reign of Terror, at the height of the French Revolution, when all works of art were strongly encouraged to have a political purpose. According to Arnault in his memoirs, the piece was intended to curry favour with the revolutionary authorities and thus improve the chances with the censor of a far more important opera Méhul and Arnault were then working on, Mélidore et Phrosine. The revolutionaries viewed the early Roman Republic as one of the models for their new state
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