ASVM Vol. II


Ferdinand Zellbell, (son) (1719-1780)
IL GIUDIZIO D'AMINTA

Dramma per musica in 2 parte.
Libretto by Lodovico Lazaroni.

Article nr.
ASVM II

Full score (A4, Metal-Spiralbinding, 199 pages)

Language
Italian

Preface by Bernt Malmros (Swedish / English)

Urtext
Edition by Holger Schmitt-Hallenberg

Performance material on request.

CAST
Soli: SSSTB
Orchestra: Fl. trav. picc., Fl. trav. I/II, Tr. I/II/III, Timp., Cor. I/II, Ob. I/II, Vl. I/II, Vla. / Fg. (I/II), B.c.

Ferdinand Zellbell (born 1719 in Stockholm) wrote this fascinating piece 1758 in St. Petersburg for the birthday celebrations of Tsarina Elisabeth. It is one of the very few existing Italian Operas composed by Swedes. In function and content rather a Serenata than an Opera, it glorifies Elisabetta in form of an allegorical contest, in which the shepherd Aminta is to chose the most worthy among several Godesses and presents the price finally to Elisabetta.
A spectacular ouverture opens the Opera, which is stylistically between baroque and gallant, Neapolitan fashion. The virtuosic dacapo-arias show an elaborate orchestra-part, often with obligato-instruments. After his stay at St. Petersburg, where he had “fled” because of financial problems and rivalries with colleagues, he continued working in Stockholm, but concentrated more on music administration and education. He composed another major work, though: the Opera-Ballett “Sveas Högtid” (1774). He was one of the founders of the Royal Swedish Academy, which exists even today.

 

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