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Riccardo primo, Re dInghilterra / Richard der Erste, Konig von England HWV 23 by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) - Baerenreiter Verlag Sheet Music

Opera in 3 acts

By George Frideric Handel

2 alto voice solos, 2 soprano voice solos, 2 bass voice solos, orchestra (2 Alto Voice Solos, 2 soprano voice solos, 2 bass voice solos, Orchestra)
Opera in 3 acts. Composed by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759). Edited by Terence Best. Arranged by Andreas Kohs. This edition: urtext edition. Paperback. Barenreiter Urtext. Vocal score. HWV 23. Baerenreiter Verlag #BA04081-90. Published by Baerenreiter Verlag (BA.BA04081-90).

Item Number: BA.BA04081-90

ISBN 9790006532476. 27 x 19 cm inches. Language: German/Italian. Text: Rolli, Paolo Antonio.

In his libretto forRiccardo primo, Paolo Rolli drew on Antonio Lotti's operaIsacio tirannowhich had been performed in Venice in 1710. Handel needed a text with two great women's roles, for the two best female singers of the day were members of his troupe - Francesca Cuzzoni and Faustina Bordoni . He had already written the operasAlessandroandAdmetofor them. He began composingRiccardoin spring 1727, completing the first version on 16 May.
However, following the death of King George I on 11 June 1727, the theatres remained closed. For Handel, who had become a British citizen in February 1727, the accession of George II to the throne offered new possibilities, and he embarked on a revision of the opera. With this, he was able to offer a new opera for the coronation festivities, the hero of which was one of King George's charismatic forebears.
From May onwards, Handel thoroughly revised the present score, wrote some parts anew and expanded it with particularly splendid music. Handel and Rolli also improved the plot and introduced patriotic elements to honour the British monarchy.

The historic background is the third crusade against Saladin, the Sultan of Egypt and Syria , who had recaptured Jerusalem in 1187. Although King Richard I captured Cyprus and together with French crusaders stormed the fortress of Akko in the Holy Land, the crusade ended with a ceasefire and Jerusalem remained in Saladin's hands. Richard was given the title 'Coeur-de-lion<' by the English for his great military ability and bravery, although the Sicilians had first given him this name because of his relentless cruelty in clashes around Messina .

The vocal score is based on the Halle Handel Edition volume published in 2005, edited by Terence Best, and contains the second version of the opera which was premiered in November 1727.

- Based on the Urtext of the Halle Handel Edition
- Original Italian text with German singing translation
- Straightforward and easy-to-play piano reduction
- Detailed foreword in two languages (Ger/Eng)

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  • January 04, 2013 Riccardo Primo, Re d'Inghilterra vocal score

    Here is another very nice edition of Handel operas in vocal score form from Barereiter publishers . Notes are in German and English, but the opera libretto text is given in the original Italian language .

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  • July 03, 2008 Historic Handel

    Baroque opera that mirrors some history. No tenor roles here - sorry. Plenty of what you expect from a Handel opera. Beautiful vocal lines, great story telling,and a rare score replete with baroque style.

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