Artaserse (Manfredini, Vincenzo)


Sheet Music



PDF scanned by D-B
Tito Manlio (2015/2/12)

Publisher. Info. Manuscript, n.d.(ca.1810).
Misc. Notes Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin (D-B): 13434.
Scoring for 2 soprani, 2 horns, 2 oboes, strings & continuo.
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General Information

Work Title Artaserse
Alternative. Title Dramma per musica in tre atti
Composer Manfredini, Vincenzo
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 3 Acts
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1772
First Performance. 1772-01-03 in Venice: Teatro San Benedetto
Carnevale di Venezia (occasion)
Librettist Pietro Metastasio (1698-1782)
Language Italian
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Classical
Piece Style Classical
Instrumentation voices 2 falsettists (or castrati?), 2 sopranos, tenor, 2 basses, chorus?, orchestra
External Links Wikipedia article (Spanish)
Manuscript copy at Princeton University (description) (copy of microfilm from French National Library)

Misc. Comments

Wasn't it relatively rare (though not unknown) for male falsettists to be employed/asked for in 18th century vocal music when castrati (who did sound rather better- and the brutality involved did not weigh heavily on peoples' minds at the time, to the best of my knowledge) were available? I'm wondering about this claim in the Wikipedia article... - ES

(chorus assumed but not proven from any of the available information.)