La mensajera (Gaztambide, Joaquín)

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Іоахимъ (2018/12/9)

Publisher. Info. Holograph manuscript, n.d. (ca.1849)
Misc. Notes Some pages were messed up in Nos. 1, 2 (the correct order is restored). No. 9 is incomplete with changed order of some pages (the correct order is restored; 3 lacunes: no opening pages, some pages missing after p.110, some more after p.112). An unidentified orchestral fragment between Nos. 14 and 15. In the original scan the Prelude is found after No.2, it is moved to the first place.
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Іоахимъ (2018/12/2)

Publisher. Info. Cádiz: Imp., Librería y Litogr. de la Revista Médica, 1850.
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Work Title La mensajera
Alternative. Title Opera cómica en 2 actos ; Zarzuela
Composer Gaztambide, Joaquín
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IJG 8
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's prelude, 2 acts:
  • Preludio (based on Nos. 9 and 6)
  • Act I:
1. Introducción. Ya el alba colora — ¡Despertad, despertad! (Don Gil, mixed chorus)
2. Cavatina. Aquí teneis al músico (Don Gil, mixed chorus)
3. Cantinela. Respira, pecho mio (Enrique)
4. Dúo. ¿A quién de la morada...? (Inés, Enrique)
5. Terceto. Solo falta a mi ventura (Inés, Enrique, Don Gil)
6. Romance. Blanca tórtola inocente (Inés)
7. Cavatina. ¡Don Gil! ¿Qué diablos pasa? (Don Cleto, chorus)
8. Concertante: Andantino. A Dios, amenos valles (Inés, Don Gil, Don Cleto, mixed chorus)
[9. Concertante: Enrique's entrance and Allegro.] Inés, Inés, bien mío (Enrique, mixed chorus behind the scene)
  • Act II:
10. Introducción. Juego. Juego. Sota, cuatro (el Teniente, male chorus)
11. Escena y Coro. Don Cleto, acercaos (Inés, Enrique, Don Cleto, chorus)
  • Aria. Porque, porque del alma (Don Gil)
  • Cantinela. Pero al triste desengaño [in the printed libretto] / Por los mares del deseo [in the ms full score] (la Marquesa)
  • Ritornelo (instrumental? with empty chorus staves)
  • Coro, Canción y Baile. Pobre niña, qual amor (unidentified soloist?, mixed chorus)
13. Pieza concertante. La frente, oh mísera (Inés, Enrique, Don Gil, el Teniente, mixed chorus)
14. Plegaria. Vé piadosa desde el cielo (Inés)
15. Final. Ya se acabó el intríngulisQue viva la alegría (Inés, Don Gil, mixed chorus)
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1849
First Performance. 1849/12/24
Librettist Luis de Olona (1823-1863)
Language Spanish
Dedication D. Luis José Sartorius, Conde de San Luis
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation voices, mixed chorus, orchestra

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  • Initially labelled opera cómica, which was after several performances changed to a zarzuela.
  • Revived by Nueva Babel in 2018: A presentation on YouTube; A review
  • In the ms full score (the only available source for the music as for now) the Prelude occupies just one page with simple indications to use some portions of Nos. 6 and 9 (most probably it is the chorus tune from pages 111-112). There is no No. 12 in the score, and there are several unnumbered musical pieces, some of which didn't find way to the printed libretto (or maybe were added later?). Also, no traces of No.9 (the final scene of act I, Enrique with chorus) in the libretto. No.12 may have been a Duo for Don Gil and Don Cleto: it is present in the libretto, but not in the score.