MONTEVERDI, Claudio, 1567-1643

L’Orfeo. Favola in musica
Reprint of the First Edition of the Score, Venice 1609 and of Act V of the Mantua Libretto from 1607. With an Introduction by Wolfgang Osthoff

[Bibl. Estense Univ., Modena; Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel]

detail of the opening toccata

Documenta Musicologica, I/39. Kassel, 1998. 25 x 32 cm, xvi, 112 pp. Halftone of the Ricciardo Amadino print (Venice, 1609), and Act V of the libretto. The edition is remarkable for a number of reasons. For one, it is an unusual presentation of the music—in score—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” or “souvenir” 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 in the score, usually in past tense, underline this peculiar aspect: “this chorus was accompanied by... ”, “this dance number was sung to the accompaniment... ”, this ritornello was played... ”, etc. Preface (Ger-Eng), including a detailed critical apparatus, by one of the great Monteverdi specialists. Hardbound with reproduction of the composer’s portrait on the front cover. $58   (view other volumes from this series)


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