Favola in musica. Rappresentata in Mantova l’anno 1607
Drammatica, 1. Florence, 1993. 4°, ii, 138 pp. Line-cut of
the Amadino print (Venice, 1609), and Act V of the libretto,
issued on the occasion of the 350th anniversary of the composer’s
death.. As Wolfgang Osthoff has pointed out this publication is
remarkable for a number of reasons. For one, it is in "score"
format—not altogether unknown, but relatively rare at this date, where
the music centers on harmony and the basso continuo. Secondly, the
print is a “commemorative” edition: the title page states that it was
first performed “in Mantua l’anno 1607”, taking place under the
protection of Prince Francesco Gonzaga in the “Academia
degl’Invaghiti”. Several annotations, usually in past tense, underline
this peculiar aspect: “this chorus was accompanied by ...”, “this
dance number was sung to the accompaniment...”, this ritornello was
Initiates the series "Musica
Drammatica", a collection of facsimiles that reproduces early milestone
of opera (Lully, Vecchi, F. Caccini, G. Caccini, Laurenzi, Sarti,
Paër, Monteverdi). Subscriptions invited.
Introduction in Italian by Piero Mioli. Wrappers, in decorative paper.