PAISIELLO, Giovanni, 1740-1816
I giuochi d’Agrigento
Partitura dell’opera in facsimile. Edizione del libretto. Saggio introduttivo a cura di Lorenzo Mattei
Musicale Veneta, 27.
Milan, 2007. Oblong, 30 x 23 cm, 2 vols, lvii, 604 pp.
Line-cut of a contemporary manuscript copy. I giochi di Agrigento by Paisiello and Pepoli was the work that inaugurated the Fenice Opera House in Venice, on May 16, 1792. As Mattei writes in his essay, the work became the archetype of a ‘neo-classical’ species of opera capable of uniting the monumentality of a façade to a pathetic-sentimental (already romantic) substratum, and of introducing formal innovation beneath a stylistic and dramatic surface that was backward-looking and grandiose in the outward appearance. Introduction in It. Linen. $348
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