Le Faux Lord, Comédie en deux actes, en prose, mêlée d'ariettes, Représentée devant leurs Majestés Et à Paris, par les Comédiens Italiens ordinaires du Roi, le 6 Décembre 1783. Les paroles sont de M. Piccini, fils. La musique est de M. Piccini, pere. [Libretto]. Niccolò PICCINNI.

Le Faux Lord, Comédie en deux actes, en prose, mêlée d'ariettes, Représentée devant leurs Majestés Et à Paris, par les Comédiens Italiens ordinaires du Roi, le 6 Décembre 1783. Les paroles sont de M. Piccini, fils. La musique est de M. Piccini, pere. [Libretto]

Paris: Brunet, 1783. Octavo. Modern marbled wrappers. [1] (title with decorative device), [2] (named cast list), [3]-56 pp.

With decorative woodcut headpiece to p. 3

Occasional light foxing to upper margin.

Scarce. Sonneck p. 483 (another edition, also published in 1783). Worldcat (4 copies only in North America, at Harvard, the Universities of Chicago and Delaware, and the Memorial University of Newfoundland, Elizabeth II. OCLC no. 20068552.

First performed at Versailles on December 5, 1783, Le Faux Lord was revived many times throughout Piccinni's lifetime.

"In his French operas Piccinni used a wide variety of aria forms, including arias in several movements and with contrasting middle sections. He also used arioso and open-ended and incomplete forms. His melodies were much admired, but he was inferior to Sacchini as a lyricist and his line lacks the tautness of Gluck’s; too often his cantabile arias seem emotionally uncommitted. Often more effective are arias of that Neapolitan type which, over a motivic continuum, builds a melodic line of short, declamatory phrases. Piccinni’s own ideas on proper aria composition are given by Ginguené and are reflected in the writings of N.E. Framery." Mary Hunter et al. in Grove Music Online. Item #26734

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