Alcyone by Marin Marais


'''''Alcyone''''' is an opera by the French composer Marin Marais. It takes the form of a ''tragédie en musique'' in a prologue and five acts. The libretto, by Antoine Houdar de la Motte, is based on the Greek myth of Ceyx and Alcyone as recounted by Ovid in his ''Metamorphoses''. The opera was first performed on 18 February 1706 by the Académie royale de musique at the Théâtre du Palais-Royal in Paris. The score is particularly famous for the storm scene (''tempête'') in Act Four. The ''Marche pour les Matelots'', also part of this movement, became popular as a dance tune and is the basis of the Christmas carol ''Masters in this Hall''.