| Hilaire Bernard de Requeleyne|
18 Octobre 1659Dijon
30 March 1731, Paris, France
Hilaire-Bernard de Requeleyne, baron de Longepierre (18 October 1659 – 30 March 1721) was an 17th–18th-century French playwright.
Hilaire-Bernard de Longepierre Wikipedia
A child prodigy, quoted in Enfants célèbres by Baillet, Baron Longepierre began by giving translations of Greek poets accompanied by scholarly notes. The coldness and infidelity of these translations earned him the sarcasm of Jean-Baptiste Rousseau, who then mocked his trials at tragedies.
If the bucolic style
He wants by the dramatic
From the rank of abject authors.
Longepierre's tragedies aimed in fact to regain the perfect purity of Greek theater. His best play, Medea (1694), was first greeted coldly but triumphed when it was revived in 1728 and every time a talented actress undertook the title role. This tragedy, devoid of love, has terrifying passages, but it is static and the style is hard, verbose and declamatory. Longepierre then gave Sesostris (1695) and Electra (1702) which had little performances.
Despite Rousseau's epigrams, Longepierre, who had a large fortune, enjoyed general respect and was preceptor to the Count of Toulouse, then to the Duke of Chartres, future regent of the kingdom, of which he became ordinary gentleman. He was also private secretary of the Duke of Berry.Dramas
1694: Médée, five-act tragedy, 13 February
1695: Sésostris, five-act tragedy
1702: Électre, five-act tragedy
1712: Jérusalem délivrée, five-act tragédie en musique, music by the Duke of Orléans, played in Fontainebleau on 17 October
Poetry and translations
1684: Odes d'Anacréon et de Sapho, translated into French verse with remarks
1686: Idylles de Bion et de Moschus, translated into French verse with remarks (text available on Gallica)
1687: Discours sur les anciens, against Charles Perrault
1688: Idylles de Théocrite, translated into French verse
1690: Idylles nouvelles
1719: Lettre à M. de Voltaire sur la nouvelle tragédie d'Œdipe (text available on Gallica)