ORLANDINI, Giuseppe Maria, 1676-1760
MATTHESON, Johann, 1681-1764
Nerone - Nero
Partitura in facsimile. Edizione dei libretti. A cura di Francesco Giuntini. Saggi introduttivi di Francesco Giuntini & di Reinhard Strohm
Musicale Veneta, 5.
Milan, 2013. Oblong, 30 x 23 cm, 30, cxxi, 129 pp.
Nerone, a “tragedia per musica” by Agostino Piovene, received its first staging in Venice in 1721 with music by Giuseppe Maria Orlandini, but won great success two years later in Hamburg in the version by Johann Mattheson, who retained the original arias, translated the recitatives into German and provided new musical settings for them, and added a few pieces of his own composition.
In addition to a score corresponding to the Hamburg version (D-B, Mus. ms. 16370), the volume contains editions of the Italian libretto of 1721 and the German one of 1723. The opera is one of the most advanced manifestations of the reformist tendencies of the early eighteenth century: this is a genuine tragedy, inspired by the Britannicus of Racine, that concludes with a simple recitative given to Agrippina accusing her assassins before her killing. Linen. $216 (view
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