Annals of Opera, 1597-1940 by Alfred Loewenberg

By Alfred Loewenberg

The 1st test at a Dictionary of Operas used to be made via Leone Allacci, a discovered Greek from the island of Chios, who grew to become Librarian of the Vatican Library and released "Drammaturgia", a list of all operas played as much as that date, in 1666. because then a couple of catalogues, dictionaries, and histories of Opera were released in numerous languages, however the current enormous paintings of Dr. Alfred Loewenberg is the 1st, so far as i do know, to rearrange the fabric 12 months by way of yr 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 creation came about; yet along with those naked proof we're frequently provided with an enormous volume of subsidiary info, specially as regards the resource of the plot, next revivals in different towns and translations into a number of languages.

***Excerpt from creation by way of Edward J. Dent, October 1942***

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Persiani (Opera seeniea). Prologue and 3 acts. Cavalli's first opera. The first Venetian opera the music of which has been preserved (in the Contarini collection, Biblioteca di S. Marco, Venice; see note on Pallavicino, 1679). 1639 The first opera of which Ferrari, composer, poet, operatic manager, and theorbo virtuoso, wrote the music as weH as the words. The music is lost, Iike the rest of Ferrari's operas. Revived Piacenza 1650. v. and MARAZZOLI: Chi solfre, speri* MAZZOCCHI 27 Febrttary. Rome, Pal.

Three acts ano licenza. W ritten for the birthday of the Emperor Leopold I, who himself contributed two airs. Revived Venice, S. Moise [9 Febrnary] 1676 (with additional music by M. A. Ziani) and once more Vienna Camival 1694. SAN CES: 22 Aristomene Messenio December. Vienna Text by N. Minato. Three acts and licenza. Written for the birthday of Queen Marianna of Spain. Sances's last opera. 47 I67I CAMBERT: Pomone 3 March. Paris, O. Text by P. Perrin (opera ou representation en musique); in later editions pastorale.

A MS score of this opera was discovered in the Royal Music Library, British Museum, and identified by W. Barclay Squire (see his paper An Opera under Innocent x, in Gedenkboek ••• Dr. D. F. Scheurleer, 1925). I77). Of the libretto no copy seems to have been traced yet. "The whole work is not a masterpiece, but so few operas of the Roman School of the period have survived that its recovery is of considerable musical interest" (W. B. Squire). 24 ANNALS OF OPERA 16 47 LUIGI ROSSI: 2 L'OrfeO* March.

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