CESTI, Antonio, 1623-1669

Il Tito
Partitura in facsimile, ed. del libretto, saggio introduttivo a cura di Giada Viviani

[copyist ms, Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana]

Cesti. Il Tito
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Drammaturgia Musicale Veneta, 5.
Milan, 2012. Oblong, 30 x 23 cm, xc, 306 pp.
Presented for the first time during the 1666 carnival at the Venetian theater of St. John & St. Paul, Il Tito” of Nicolò Beregan and Antonio Cesti is an opera frequently cited in the musicological literature of the last 40 years. Surviving archival materials document the genesis of the score with an unusual precision and have clarified many details necessary for reconstructing the Venetian theater production system of the second Seicento.


Cesti. Il Tito, cover
In spite of the importance of the work—a collaboration between a not-so-prolific yet widely appreciated librettist and one of the most popular composers of that epoch, there has never been a complete study of the musical and literary sources. The commentary to this new Drammaturgia Musicale Veneta volume finally fills this lacuna, reproducing the oldest and most complete manuscript score of Tito (preserved in the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana) together with a critical edition of the libretto and a comparative study of the three other musical sources that have survived. Linen. $200. (view other volumes from this series)

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