[Bonn]: [N. Simrock] [PN 260], .
Oblong folio. Marbled boards with cut paper label with titling in manuscript to upper. Text in Italian and German. Engraved.
Bound collection of individual numbers, all from Simrock's edition, with titling in contemporary manuscript to blank page preceding each number:
- Overture. 2-7 pp.
- No. 3. 24-33 pp.
- No. 4. 34-44 pp.
- No. 8. 68-79 pp.
- No. 9. 88-95 pp.
- No. 11. 134-147 pp.
- No. 14. 166-175 pp.
- No. 15. 176-185 pp.
- No. 17. 206-214 pp.
Binding quite worn, rubbed, and bumped. Some moderate soiling; several numbers trimmed; scattered foxing and light offsetting; No. 11 dampstained. Title lacking.
First German edition. RISM C2310 (complete)
In 2 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.
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.
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