L'Amant jaloux (1778) by André-Ernest-Modeste Grétry (1741-1813) was one of the most popular operas of its time. The work is cast in the light, frothy style favoured under Louis XV and is suspected to have inspired Mozart in his Le nozze di Figaro.
Our version of Grétry’s opera is in ‘concentrated’ form, in an anonymous period arrangement for traverso, oboe, violin, viola and bass. Transcriptions of operas were fashionable in the late eighteenth century, and many of Mozart’s and Grétry’s staged works were arranged for smaller chamber ensembles such as string quartet or wind octet.
Although there are no voices involved in our performance, the beauty of Grétry’s melodic writing transcends form and medium to make this arrangement entirely successful as chamber music in its own right.