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Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria

Tragedia di lieto fine in a prologue and 3 acts

By Claudio Monteverdi

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Singing voice, orchestra (7 Soprano Voice Solos, 3 bass voice solos, 7 tenor voice solos, 2 alto voice solos, choir, 2 violins, 2 violas, basso continuo)
Tragedia di lieto fine in a prologue and 3 acts . Composed by Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643). Edited by Rinaldo Alessandrini. This edition: urtext edition. Stapled. Barenreiter Urtext. Score. Baerenreiter Verlag #BA08791. Published by Baerenreiter Verlag (BA.BA08791).

Item Number: BA.BA08791

ISBN 9790006533077. 31 x 24.3 cm inches. Language: Italian, Text Language: Italian. Text: Badoaro, Giacomo.

Monteverdi's Ulisse, composed in 1640 for the Teatro San Cassiano in Venice , was to a libretto by Giacomo Badoardo after Homer's Odyssey. Instantly, the opera became a great hit.

Monteverdi's musical language reached a dramatic diversity here, reflecting the multiple entwined threads of the plot.

Since the publication of the Complete Edition by Gian Francesco Malipiero (1930) no score has been available on sale, although there have been numerous arrangements and adaptations. This situation with editions may be owing to the fact that, in comparison with Orfeo and Poppea, Ulisse has not been as frequently performed.

This may now change. With Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, Barenreiter has begun publishing a series of new editions edited by the conductor and harpsichordist Rinaldo Alessandrini. The principles of these new editions are clearly defined: to remain as close to the original sources as possible, and to identify all editorial decisions. The scores contain a detailed foreword, which particularly addresses questions of performance practice. They also contain a critical edition of the libretto and a critical commentary , which describes the sources used as well as detailing all editorial decisions.

- Monteverdi's Ulisse for the first time in a scholarly, critical edition
- With Critical Commentary (English)
- Detailed introduction in three languages (Italian, English, German) with hints on performance practice
- Straightforward piano reduction

About Barenreiter Urtext

What can I expect from a Barenreiter Urtext edition?

- A reliable musical text based on all available sources
- A description of the sources
- Information on the genesis and history of the work
- Valuable notes on performance practice
- A Critical Commentary explaining all source discrepancies and editorial decisions

- Page-turns, fold-out pages, and cues where you need them
- A well-presented layout and a user-friendly format
- Excellent print quality
- Superior paper and binding


  • Ensemble 
  • Index of Scenes 
  • Introduzione 
  • Introduction 
  • Einfuhrung 

  • Sinfonia avanti il Prologo 
  • Prologo 
  • Mortal cosa son io 

  • Atto primo 
  • Scena I 
  • Sinfonia. Di misera Regina non terminati mai 
  • Scena II 
  • Sinfonia. Duri, e penonsi son gl'amorosi 
  • Scena III 
  • Scena IV 
  • Sinfonia 
  • Scena V 
  • Superbo e l'huom 
  • Scena VI 
  • In questo basso mondo 
  • Scena VII 
  • Dormo ancora, o son desto? 
  • Scena VIII 
  • Sinfonia. Cara e lieta gioventu. 
  • Scena IX 
  • Tu d'Aretusa al fonte intanto vanne 
  • Scena X 
  • Donate un giorno, o Dei 
  • Scena XI 
  • Come mal si salva un reggio ammanto 
  • Scena XII 
  • Pastor d'armenti puo prati e boschi lodar 
  • Scena XIII 
  • Ulisse generoso 

  • Atto secondo 
  • Sinfonia. Lieto cammino, dolce viaggio 
  • O gran figlio d'Ulisse 
  • Che veggio, oime, che miro? 
  • Eurimaco, la donna insomma 
  • Sono l'altre Regine coronate 
  • Apportator d'alte novelle vengo 
  • Compagni, udiste? 
  • Perir non puo chi tien per scorta il Cielo 
  • Io viddi, o peregrin 
  • Del mio lungo viaggio 
  • Sempre, villano Eumete 
  • Generosa Regina 

  • Atto terzo 
  • O dolor, o martir che l'alma attrista 
  • E quai nuovi rumori 
  • Forza d'occulto affetto 
  • E saggio Eumete 
  • Fiamma e l'ira, o gran Dea 
  • Gran Giove, alma de' Dei 
  • Ericlea, che vuoi far? 
  • Ogni vostra ragion 
  • Scena X e ultima 
  • O delle mie fatiche 

  • Libretto 
  • Critical Commentary 

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