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Orfeo ed Euridice

COMPOSER: Christoph Willibald Gluck
PUBLISHER: G. Schirmer
PRODUCT TYPE: Book [Softcover]
INSTRUMENT GROUP: Mixed Choir
Gluck's 'Orfeo et Euridice' was one of three operas composed by Gluck in an attempt to reform the Italian opera seria. The libretto is noble and grand and this must have inspired Gluck, for his approach to the score is alsomonumental, as well as orchestral in nature. The opera opens after the death
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Composer Christoph Willibald Gluck
Publisher G. Schirmer
Instrumentation Opera
Product Type Book [Softcover]
Instrument Group Mixed Choir
Style Period Romantic
Year of Publication 1986
Genre Opera / Operette
ISBN 9780793598120
UPC 073999400601
Style Period Romantic
Series G. Schirmer's Collection of Opera Librettos
No. Pages 20
No. HL50340060
Description
Gluck's 'Orfeo et Euridice' was one of three operas composed by Gluck in an attempt to reform the Italian opera seria. The libretto is noble and grand and this must have inspired Gluck, for his approach to the score is alsomonumental, as well as orchestral in nature.

The opera opens after the death of Euridice to a funereal choral tableau which is pierced by the cries of the anguished Orfeo. Huge dramatic choruses of shades and furiescontrast starkly with the solo recitatives and arias of Orfeo as he searches for Euridice. The third act is particularly beautiful, as Gluck and Calzabigi turn the shade of Euridice into a complex lover and wife, unwilling tofollow her husband blindly out of Hades, even though she has been called back to life. Her arguments and pleadings, her passion and confusion, create the torment in Orfeo that results in her being sent back to hell.

Thisis the Schirmer edition of the Libretto in the original Italian with an English translation by Walter Ducloux.
Songlist
  • 1. Orfeo E Euridice
  • 2. Orfeo Ed Euridice
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