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La fedelta premiata Hob. XXVIII:10

Dramma pastorale giocoso in 3 acts

By Franz Joseph Haydn

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4 soprano voice solos, 2 tenor voice solos, 2 bass voice solos, mixed choir, piano (4 Soprano Voice Solo, 2 Tenor Voice Solo, 2 Bass Voice Solo, Mixed choir, Fl, 2 Ob, bassoon, 2 Hn, 2 Trp, timpani, Str, Continuo)
Dramma pastorale giocoso in 3 acts. Composed by Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809). Edited by Martin Schelhaas. This edition: urtext edition. Hardback. Vocal score. Hob. XXVIII:10. Duration 21 minutes. Baerenreiter Verlag #BA04697-90. Published by Baerenreiter Verlag (BA.BA04697-90).

Item Number: BA.BA04697-90

ISBN 9790006531974. 27.7 x 20 cm inches. Language: Italian ,German. Translation: Peter Brenner. Text: Giambattista Lorenzi.

[... ] I assure you that a work such as this [...] has not yet been heard
(Haydn to the publisher Artaria )

In November 1779 the opera house at Schloss Eszterhaza burned to the ground and was replaced by a splendid new one, and for its opening Haydn composed the dramma pastorale giocoso"La fedelta premiata".

However, the building was not completed in time for the autumn 1780 season, so that the premiere could not take place until 25 February 1781 - which did nothing to harm the extraordinary success of the work (36 further performances in Eszterhaza alone!). Haydn himself was justly proud of the enchanting pastoral with its buffo-like complications of the three pairs of lovers, for which he struck an incomparably cheerful note, and he underlined the few serious themes in the story with delicate, dark colours.

The new vocal score is based on Vol. XXV/10 of the Haydn Edition; an appendix contains all the variants to the authentic parts of Celia and Nerina .

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