L'Orfeo, SV 318 (Monteverdi, Claudio)
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Venice: Ricciardo Amadino, 1615.
Second printing from new engraving; originally published 1609.
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Toccata, Prologue, Act 1
|Alternative Title||Favola in musica|
|Opus/Catalogue Number||SV 318|
|Movements/Sections||Prologue and 5 Acts|
|Year/Date of Composition||by 1607|
|First Performance||Ducal Palace, Mantua, 24 February 1607|
|First Publication||Venice: 1609, re-issued 1615|
|Librettist||Alessandro Striggio II (ca.1573–1630)|
|Instrumentation||Monteverdi’s specification comprises 2 piccolo violins; 10 members of the violin family (viole da brazzo) in 2 groups of 2 violins, 2 violas, and cello; 2 double basses; 2 cornettos; 4 trumpets; 5 trombones; 2 recorders; 2 harpsichords; 3 chitarroni; 3 bass viola da gamba; a harp; 2 small pipe organs; and a portable reed organ (‘Regal’)|
|External Links||Karadar (libretto) ; opera-guide.ch (translations)|
- La Musica (soprano)
- Orfeo (tenor)
- Euridice (soprano)
- La messaggera, Silvia (soprano)
- Speranza (soprano)
- Caronte (bass)
- Plutone (bass)
- Proserpina (soprano)
- Eco (tenor)
- Apollo (tenor)
- Acts 1, 2, and 5: nymphs and shepherds (a soprano, an alto and two tenors also soli)
- Acts 3 and 4: infernal spirits (two tenors and a bass also soli)