Firenze: Vangelisti, 1689. 171 x 257 mm. On laid paper. A fine, dark impression with good margins. Published in Delle Poesie Dramatiche di G.A. Moniglia.
Browned at edges with several small chips to blank margins; one vertical crease, flattened; hinged at upper corners of verso.
Mancini, Muraro, and Povoledo, eds.: Illusione e Pratica Teatrale 35.
Ercole in Tebe, a "festa teatrale" with music by Melani, libretto by Giovanni Andrea Moniglia (1624-1700), and stage settings by Ferdinando Tacca (1619-86) was composed for and first performed at the wedding of Cosimo de' Medici and Marguerite d'Orléans in Firenze at the Teatro degli Immobile in July of 1661. A set of engravings by Valerio Spada (1613-88) accompanied the first edition of the libretto in 1661. A later set of etchings with small differences was executed by Belloni, including the present example.
"Jacopo Melani was the leading 17th-century composer of comic operas... [Ercole in Tebe] set the style for the operas composed for the coronations of Louis XIV (Cavalli’s Ercole amante, 1662) and Leopold I of Austria (Cesti’s Il pomo d’oro, 1668)... Melani's music, which is tuneful, graceful and, especially in the lovers' parts, tinged with sweet melancholy, established melodic prototypes which, through the revival of his comic operas early in the 18th century, informed the styles of Ferdinando Rutini, Moneta and Neri Bondi. By the third quarter of the century that style had merged harmoniously with the Florentine taste for farces ‘in the French manner’." Robert Lamar Weaver in Grove Music Online. Item #27467
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