Pierre Corneille, inspired by the account of Saint Polyeuctus’ martyrdom, used elements from the saint’s story in his tragedy Polyeucte (1642). In 1878 it was adapted into an opera by Charles Gounod, with the assistance of the librettist Jules Barbier. Other works based on the play include a ballet by Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1679), and the opera Poliuto (1838) by Donizetti (adapted with Scribe as Les martyrs). Paul Dukas composed his Polyeucte overture, which premiered in January 1892.
Above: Léon Escalais sings ” Source dèlicieuse” from Polyeucte by Charles Gounod
with piano recorded in 1906.
Auteur : Paul Dukas (1865-1935)
Titre : Polyeucte, ouverture pour la tragédie de Corneille (1891)
Interprètes : Roberto Benzi ; Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine
Album : The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Année : 1987
Polyeucte, Overture to Corneille’s tragedy. Polyeucte is an overture composed by Paul Dukas in 1891 for the tragedy of the same name by Pierre Corneille. Dukas made his public debut with the first performance of this overture on January 23 1892 at the Concerts Lamoureux.