Paris: Carli [PN 2365], .
Folio. Mid-tan leather-backed marbled boards, spine with decorative border and titling stamped in black. 1f. (title),  (contents), 4-261 pp. Engraved. Text in Italian.
Overture with PN 16, from Carli's solo piano version. Handstamp of Launer (acquired Carli in 1828) to foot of title.
With small label ("Frileuse") to upper outer corner of front pastedown.
Binding slightly worn, rubbed, and bumped. Occasional foxing; light offsetting throughout.
In two acts to a libretto by Giovanni Bertati after Colman and Garrick's The Clandestine Marriage (1766), Il matrimonio segreto premiered in Vienna at the Burgtheater on 7 February 1792. It was the most successful and well-known of Cimarosa's operas.
"The directness, exuberance, spontaneity, gracefulness and musical sincerity of this opera gave it an international appeal. With a libretto that presents the action in clear strokes, uncomplicated by disguises and mistaken identities, it successfully depicts the misfortunes of a young couple who dare to contradict the established social codes. A sentimental comedy along the lines of Samuel Richardson’s Pamela (1740), it celebrates the naturalness popularized by Rousseau. Though not a satire, it is an expression of contemporary values and social mores. ... In its clever use of parlando as a comic device it bridges the gap between the 18th-century intermezzo comico per musica and the operas of Rossini and Donizetti." Gordana Lazarevich in Grove Dictionary of Opera v. 3, p. 270.
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