The Favourite Songs in the opera Call'd Ipermestra. Johann Adolf HASSE, Giovanni Battista Lampugnani.

The Favourite Songs in the opera Call'd Ipermestra

London: I. Walsh, [1754]. Folio. Modern quarter mid-tan cloth with paper boards with titling gilt to spine. 1f. (recto title, verso blank), [i] (blank), 21 pp. Engraved.

Title with advertisememt for a six-volume set of "Le Delizie Del Opere, containing the favourite Songs from all the Italian Operas for 20 Years past, in Score, by Sigr. Pergolese, Vinci, Hasse, Ciampi, Galuppi, Lampugnani, Veracini, Bononci ni, &c. &c." with a list of 43 works, including pieces by Hasse and Handel.

Named singers include Mingotti, Curioni, and Mattei.

Binding slightly worn; upper hinge very slightly split. Minor wear; very light browning and foxing; library date stamp and manuscript call number to blank margins of pp. 2 and 14. a very good copy overall.

A pasticcio containing six numbers, two by Hasse and four by Lampugnani. RISM H2255 (two copies only).

"Metastasio claims to have written his Ipermestra in 18 days for Hasse to set as part of the celebrations that honoured the wedding of the Archduchess Maria Anna of Austria to Charles Alexander, Duke of Lorraine. The opera was first performed at a private court gathering before its première at the Hoftheater on 25 January 1744." Don Neville in Grove Music Online. Ipermestra opened the season at the King's Theatre on November 9, 1754 and was well-received. It was the first occasion on which Signora Mingotti performed on the English stage.

"For several decades [Hasse] was the most widely admired composer of opera seria in Italy and German-speaking lands. His finest operas, written between the mid-1720s and the late 1760s, represent a highly systematized, rational style; they were handsomely produced and sung at leading theatres. Festival operas and vocal chamber works were composed for weddings and similar occasions at the Habsburg court in Vienna during the 1760s, by which time Hasse had come to be associated stylistically with the librettist Metastasio. Qualities described today as neo-classical also pervade his Dresden oratorios, his Venetian sacred works and his later flute music probably for Berlin; much of his music exhibits dramatic effects of harmony, orchestration and vocal line." David J. Nicholas and Sven Hansell in Grove Music Online

Lampugnani studied in Naples, making his debut as an opera composer in 1732. He went to London in 1743 to succeed Galuppi at the King's Theatre, but returned to Milan shortly thereafter. "In the years after his return from London he travelled throughout Italy, organizing performances of his works in Milan, Venice, Florence, Reggio nell'Emilia, Turin, Piacenza and Genoa... In April 1758 his Il re pastore was staged in Milan, and in the same year he was appointed harpsichordist at the Teatro Regio Ducale there. His first comic operas date from this time. He also must have made the acquaintance of J.C. Bach and Padre Martini; Bach mentioned him in a letter to Martini written in 1759. Henceforth he became increasingly active as a teacher of singing and less as a composer: his last known opera was performed in Turin in 1769." Michael F. Robinson, Fabiola Maffe, and Rossella Garibbo in Grove Music Online. Item #31296

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