Item Number: 127278
Title: IL Valdemaro : Dramma per Musica (1726)
Author: Sarro, Domenico ; Knud Arne Jürgensen (ed.)
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Description: Roma: Quasar, 2013. 30cm., pbk., 704pp. illus. Italian text. Summary: On 16 February 1726 the opera Il Valdemaro was first time performed at one of Rome's then largest opera houses, Teatro Alibert. The music of this today almost completely unknown and unexplored opera was by one of the then most famous southern Italian opera composers of the time, Domenico Natale Sarro (1679-1744), who today is almost almost unknown. The opera has now been published and made available for the first time in a critical edition containing the complete score, an introduction to the composer and his work, source descriptions, critical commentary and illustrations. Il Valdemaro is one of only very few scores by Sarro that have been preserved in the composer's original autograph score as well as a copy transcript, the last of which was used at the opera’s first performance. Il Valdemaro is interesting for having been written for a cast of only male singers (soprano-castrato, alto-castrato and tenor) and is one of the earliest known operas in Southern and Central Italy with a plot set in the Scandinavian Middle Ages. Sarro stands with this score as a prolific representative of the transitional period between the era of highly contrapuntal polyphonic baroque opera, and the subsequent early classicism with its free forms and vocally more virtuosic melodic structures. Contents: Le fonti. Contenuto e comparazione tra le due partiture per il Valdemaro. Criteri editoriali. Abbreviazioni. Apparato critico. Bibliografia. Illustrazioni. Il libretto (in facsimile). Partitura. Atto I. Atto II. Atto III. Appendice I. Appendice II. Appendice III. Appendice IV. Appendice V. (Analecta Romana Instituti Danici, Supplementum, 43)
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