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Orphee et Euridice


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Christoph Willibald Gluck's most popular opera “Orphée et Euridice” was performed in 1774 in Paris to sensational success. This new adaption followed the original Viennese version with Italian text that was first performed in 1762 under the direction of the composer in the Burgtheater. For the Paris version Gluck changed the leading part Orpheus from an alto to a tenor role and composed new recitatives.

Both versions of Gluck's reform drama are based on a libretto by Ranieri de' Calzabigi and revolutionised metastasian opera of the 18th century. Solo and choral music, instrumental music, pantomime and dance are all closely connected; the myth replaces a historical plot surrounded by intrigue; where there would have been a da-capo aria there are now simple song forms and coloratura is largely abandoned. These meticulously revised vocal scores of both versions are also newly set.

- Urtext editions based on “Gluck, The Complete Works”

- Revised and newly set

- New forewords – “Orfeo” (Ger/Eng/Ital), “Orphée” (Ger/Eng/Fr)

- Clear, idiomatic piano reductions

- The revised editions are compatible with the old editions

Complete linen-bound score for the Barenreiter Urtext edition of Gluck's Tragédie-opéra in three acts, edited by Ludwig Finscher.

367 Pages
33.0 x 26.5cm

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Orphee et Euridice
  • Composer/Author: Gluck, Christoph Willibald
  • Instrumentation: Opera
  • Format: Full Score Hardback
  • Contents:

    Gluck, Christoph Willibald - Orphée et Euridice Paris Version 1774


    Faksimiles: Titel und "Épitre à la Reine" des Partiturdrucks 1774

    Faksimiles: "Argument" und erste Notenseite aus dem Partiturdruck 1774

    Faksimiles: Erste und letzte Seite des Autograph-Fragments A1

    Faksimiles: Erste und letzte Seite des Autograph-Fragments A2

    Faksimile: Titelseite des ersten Textbuches Paris 1774

    Faksimile: Anfang der "Anecdotes sur le Chevalier Gluck" aus dem Textbuch Paris 1809

    Faksimile: Subskribentenliste und erste Notenseite aus dem Klavierauszug Rellstabs

    Besetzungs- und Szenenverzeichnis

    Gluck, Christoph Willibald - Orphée et Euridice. Tragédie-opéra (Drame héroïque) in drei Akten (Pariser Fassung 1774):


    Acte premier

    Acte deuxième

    Acte troisième

    Anhang I

    Anhang II

    Anhang III

    Kritischer Bericht

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