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In the early days of the Académie Royale de musique, operas were preceded by allegorical prologues—lyrical pieces which often bore no relation to the rest of the performance and which served primarily to glorify the king and his achievements. This obligation ended with Zoroastre, an opera composed by Jean-Philippe Rameau in 1749. As a result, for the first time the prelude was replaced by an overture that had some semblance of a connection with the work being performed.
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