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Ezio HWV 29

Opera in 3 acts

By George Frideric Handel

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Soprano voice solo, mezzo-soprano voice solo, 2 alto voice solos, tenor voice solo, bass voice solo, orchestra (soprano voice solo, mezzo-soprano voice solo, 2 alto voice solos, tenor voice solo, bass voice solo, Orchestra)
Opera in 3 acts. Composed by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759). Edited by Michael Pacholke. Arranged by Andreas Kohs. This edition: urtext edition. Paperback. Barenreiter Urtext. Replaces BA 4008-90. Vocal score. HWV 29. Baerenreiter Verlag #BA04086-90. Published by Baerenreiter Verlag (BA.BA04086-90).

Item Number: BA.BA04086-90

ISBN 9790006537372. 27 x 19 cm inches. Language: Italian ,German. Translation: Reinhard Strohm. Text: nach Pietro Metastasio.

As with many other libretti by Pietro Metastasio,"Ezio"was also set to music several times - besides Handel, by Nicola Porpora in 1728 and Christoph Willibald Gluck in 1750. As the historical events from late antiquity surrounding the Western Roman General Aetius, who had defeated the Huns under Attila on the Catalaunian Fields, had largely fallen into oblivion by the 18th century, they merely form a backdrop to the highly-dramatic"Sex and Crime"on the operatic stage. In contrast with the original Roman story,"Ezio"remains alive at the"happy ending", and the enthusiastic public experienced this version for the first time on 15 January 1732 in London .

However, despite this, the opera only received five performances during Handel's lifetime. Handel took the overture from his incomplete opera"Titus l'Empereur".

The new vocal score is based on Vol. II/26 of the Halle Handel Edition (BA 4086).

- Vocal score based on the Halle Handel Edition
- Original Italian text with German singing translation underlaid
- Figured bass realisation and editorial additions in cue-sized notes
- Detailed foreword (Ger/Eng)

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