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Ezio (1763/64) (Vienna Version)

Dramma per musica in tre atti

By Christoph Willibald von Gluck

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4 soprano voice solos, alto voice solo, tenor voice solo, piano (4 Soprano Voice Solo, Alto Voice Solo, Tenor Voice Solo, 2 Fl, 2 Ob, 2 bassoon, 2 Hn, 2 Trp, timpani, Str, harpisc.)
Dramma per musica in tre atti. Composed by Christoph Willibald von Gluck (1714-1787). Edited by Gabriele Buschmeier. Arranged by Wolfgang Wiechert. This edition: urtext edition. Paperback. Barenreiter Urtext. Vienna Version. Vocal score. Composed 1763/1764. Baerenreiter Verlag #BA05774-90. Published by Baerenreiter Verlag (BA.BA05774-90).

Item Number: BA.BA05774-90

ISBN 9790006532780. 27 x 19 cm inches. Translation: Peter Brenner. Pietro Metastasio.

Eziois based on a libretto by Pietro Metastasio which was first set to music by Nicola Porpora (1728), then by Georg Friedrich Handel (1732) and Christoph Willibald Gluck in 1750, amongst many others. The Vienna version, premiered at the Burgtheater in Vienna on 26 December 1763 is a completely new arrangement of the original Prague version of 1750. The revival of Italian opera and the upheaval which followed in the wake of the so-called opera reform make the new version a true reform work.

The Vienna version offers more concentrated dramatic material and redresses the dramatic weaknesses of the first version. Thereby the characterisation of the individual roles is clearer and gains in conciseness. The main plot; Massimo's intrigues and the resulting fall of Ezio from celebrated hero to outlawed traitor, together with the love affair between Ezio and Fulvia becomes the focus of attention.

The vocal score is based on Gabriele Buschmeier's 1992 edition of the Vienna version ofEziopublished as part ofChristoph Willibald Gluck, Complete Works Series III/24.

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