Item #39566 The Spectator. Numb. CCCV. Saturday, June 14, 1712. ENGLISH MUSIC - 18th Century - Periodical.
[ENGLISH MUSIC - 18th Century - Periodical]

The Spectator. Numb. CCCV. Saturday, June 14, 1712

[London]: Printed for Sam. Buckley, at the Dolphin in Ligtle-Britain; and Sold by A. Baldwin in Warwick Lane, 1712.

Folio. 2 pp. Disbound.

This issue makes mention of the noted Italian castrato Nicolini [Nicolo Grimaldi 1673-1732], "the greatest Performer in Dramatick Musick that is now living;" laments the state of contemporary church music; enthuses about the integration of "Oriental Form of Speech" (Hebrew, Greek) into "the English Tongue;" and comments upon the importance of music in worship, etc. The "Advertisements. For the Benefit of the Box-Keepers. At the Desire of several Ladies of Quality" include mention of performances at the Theatre Royal, Drury-Lane and at the Queen's Theatre in the Hay-Market including a performance where "Nicolino Grimaldi will take his leave of England."

Slightly worn, browned, and creased.

The Spectator, a daily publication founded by Joseph Addison (1672-1719) and Richard Steele (1671-1729) in England, was published from 1711 to 1712.

Addison was an English librettist and writer on opera. "In his contributions to The Tatler (1709–11) and The Spectator ... [he] made his most extensive comments on the London opera scene and put forward suggestions for the improvement of British opera. He ridiculed Handel's Rinaldo (1711) and the mixing of realistic stage props (such as live sparrows) with unrealistic ones (pasteboard seas, painted dragons etc.). He exhorted British composers to follow Lully's model and create native opera traditions.

Addison's essays had a considerable impact on the development of musical aesthetics and criticism. ... [His] ideas were cited by mid-century operatic reformers ... [His] emphasis on naturalness in opera, the need for librettos of high literary quality and for national opera independent of Italian models helped to prepare the way for the operatic revolution of Gluck." Donald R. Boomgaarden in Grove Music Online.

Item #39566

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