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Orpheus and Eurydice (Vienna Version 1762)

Opera in 3 acts

By Christoph Willibald von Gluck

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2 soprano voice solos/alto voice solos/SATB choir/mixed choir/piano (2 Soprano Voice Solo, Alto Voice Solo, SATB Choir, ballet, 2 Fl, 2 Cha, 2 Ob, 2 EnglHn, 2 bassoon, 2 Kor, 2 Hn, 2 Trp, 3trombone, timpani, harp, 2 V, harpisc., Vc, double bass) - Level 3
Opera in 3 acts. Composed by Christoph Willibald von Gluck (1714-1787). Edited by Anna Amalie Abert and Ludwig Finscher. Arranged by Heinz Moehn. This edition: urtext edition. Paperback. Barenreiter Urtext. Vienna version. Vocal score. Composed 1762. Duration 2 hours, 5 minutes. Baerenreiter Verlag #BA05845-90. Published by Baerenreiter Verlag (BA.BA05845-90).

Item Number: BA.BA05845-90

ISBN 9790006558735. 27 x 19 cm inches. Language: Italian ,German. Translation: Hans Swarowsky. Text: Ranieri de' Calzabigi.

The premiere of the Azione teatrale"Orfeo ed Euridice"took place in Vienna in 1762 and plays a significant role in the history of the music theatre.
With this work, the composer for the first time rejected the rigid conventions of the Italian opera seria and made an important first contribution towards the renewal of opera genre.
In collaboration with his librettist Calzabigi, Gluck reduced the plot to its essentials and freed it from the typical political and romantic intrigues which prevailed at that time. The choir takes on a larger role and the ballet is integrated into the plot. Solo and choral parts, instrumental music as well as pantomime and dance are closely connected. The style of singing has a natural simplicity and coloratura is largely abandoned. This stands in stark contrast to the vocal acrobatics of opera seria.

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