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Annals of Opera, 1597-1940 by Alfred Loewenberg

By Alfred Loewenberg

The 1st try out at a Dictionary of Operas was once made via Leone Allacci, a realized Greek from the island of Chios, who grew to become Librarian of the Vatican Library and released "Drammaturgia", a listing of all operas played as much as that date, in 1666. due to the fact that then a couple of catalogues, dictionaries, and histories of Opera were released in a number of languages, however the current huge paintings of Dr. Alfred Loewenberg is the 1st, so far as i do know, to rearrange the cloth 12 months through 12 months in chronological, instead of alphabetical irder. It starts off with the 1st of all operas, "La Dafne" composed through Jacopo Peri and produced at Florence in 1597, and ends with these produced in 1940. .... for each Opera named we're given the names of librettist and composer, in addition to the identify of the theater and the city during which the 1st construction happened; yet along with those naked proof we're frequently provided with an enormous volume of subsidiary details, particularly as regards the resource of the plot, next revivals in different towns and translations into a number of languages.

***Excerpt from advent through Edward J. Dent, October 1942***

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Munich Text by P. P. Bissari. Prologue and 3 acts. W ritten to celebrate the birth of the Bavarian Princess Maria Anna Chrisrina. Revived at Munich in August 1671 in honour of a visit of the Archbishop of Salzburg, Maximilian Gandolph. Music l~st. G. e P. [16 January] 1667, with the sub-title Lo Schiavo reggio, and again in Carnival 1671); Ferrara 1663; Vienna 1664 (celebraring the peace with the Turks); Macerata 27 January 1665 (first opera there); Lucca Carnival 1665; Parma 1665; Bologna 1667 and Carnival 1672; Reggio 1668~ Florence 1670; Rome, Tord.

Arccent opinion on La Galatea may be quoted here: "La Galatea c uno dei migliori escmplari dell' opera romana del Seicento per magnificenza di scenario, per agilita dell' azione scenica, per opportuna collocazione di arie a solo e d'insieme, per impiego efficacc di parti corali. L'ultimo atto e un vero capolavoro per nobildt d' espressione e per grandiosita di disegno" (F. , Vol. XLIII, 1939). La Delia 0 sia La Sera Sposa deI Sole SACRA TI: Before 20 January. G. e P. Text by G. Strozzi (Poema dramatieo, first set to music by F.

Terzago). Parts of the opera were published by Eitner in 1883 (Vol. XII of Publikationen der Gesellschaft für Musikforschung). MELANI: Ercole in Tebe 8July. Florence, P. Text by G. A. Moniglia. Prologue and 5 acts. Written for the wedding of Cosirno m de' Medici with the Princess Marguerite Louise d'Orleans. A detailed description of this magnificent "Festa teatrale" (the production of which cost nearly 100,000 Tuscan pounds) is to be found in Ademollo's 1 primi Fasti de! Teatro di Via della Pergola in Firenze (1884).

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