Louis de Cahusac

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For the French clarinetist and composer (1880–1960), see Louis Cahuzac.

Louis de Cahusac (Montauban, 6 April 1706 – Paris, 22 June 1759) was a French playwright and librettist, and Freemason, most famous for his work with the composer Jean-Philippe Rameau. He provided the libretti for several of Rameau's operas, namely Les fêtes de l'Hymen et de l'Amour (1747), Zaïs (1748), Naïs (1749), Zoroastre (1749; revised 1756), La naissance d'Osiris (1754), and Anacréon (the first of Rameau's operas by that name, 1754). He is also credited with writing the libretto of Rameau's final work, Les Boréades (c. 1763).[1] Cahusac contributed to the Encyclopédie and was the lover of Marie Fel.[2]


  • Cuthbert Girdlestone Jean-Philippe Rameau: His Life and Work (Dover paperback edition, 1969)
  • The New Grove French Baroque Masters ed. Graham Sadler (Grove/Macmillan, 1988)


  1. ^ Frank A. Kafker: Notices sur les auteurs des dix-sept volumes de « discours » de l'Encyclopédie. Recherches sur Diderot et sur l'Encyclopédie. 1989, Volume 7, Numéro 7, S. 134
  2. ^ Maurice Cranston Jean-Jacques: The Early Life and Work of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 1712-1754, p. 252.