See also: Handel's lost Hamburg operas. The work details the events between — and during — Good Friday and Easter Sunday, with the action carried forward in recitative , and exploration of character and delineation of mood taking place in the arias. The characters of the liturgical drama that appear in the oratorio are Lucifer bass , Mary Magdalene soprano , an angel soprano , St John the Evangelist tenor , and St Mary Cleophas alto. A large orchestra was employed for the occasion, consisting of 39 strings of varying types, 1 viola da gamba , 2 trumpets , 1 trombone , and 4 oboes.
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See also: Handel's lost Hamburg operas. The work details the events between — and during — Good Friday and Easter Sunday, with the action carried forward in recitative , and exploration of character and delineation of mood taking place in the arias. The characters of the liturgical drama that appear in the oratorio are Lucifer bass , Mary Magdalene soprano , an angel soprano , St John the Evangelist tenor , and St Mary Cleophas alto.
A large orchestra was employed for the occasion, consisting of 39 strings of varying types, 1 viola da gamba , 2 trumpets , 1 trombone , and 4 oboes. The staging and scenery were also lavishly produced, and though Roman censorship of the time forbade opera , La resurrezione was certainly produced in an operatic manner. It was produced at Ruspoli 's Palazzo in the main hall on the ground floor. A series of terraced seats, 4 in number, was built for the orchestra, curved towards the audience and rising at the back.
Twenty-eight specially commissioned music stands were built for the occasion, engraved with either the coat-of-arms of Ruspoli or his wife. The proscenium was decorated with a tapestry depicting cherubs, palm trees, and foliage: in the middle of which hung a plaque with the name of the oratorio. These letters were brought into prominence by the backing light of seventy light pans.
The canvas backdrop represented pictorially the characters of Handel's oratorio, and in the centre was depicted the resurrection itself. The role of Mary Magdalene was sung at the first performance by the soprano Margherita Durastanti. The participation of female singers was prohibited by Papal edict, and the Pope went to the length of admonishing Ruspoli for permitting Durastanti to take part. For the remaining performances, her role was sung by a castrato. The only details given concerning this individual are that he was called "Pippo", and that he was in service to the former Queen Casimire.
Durastanti later sang the title role in Handel's Agrippina. The aria "Ho un non so che", which she had sung as Mary Magdalene anticipating the resurrection, appears entirely unadapted for her to sing in Agrippina , though in a different context. The violins at the first performance of La resurrezione were led by the famous violinist Arcangelo Corelli who also conducted the work.
Iit was most likely Ernst Christian Hesse who played the demanding viola da gamba solo part. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For the sculpture, see The Resurrection Fazzini. For the Italian film, see Mario Caserini. Cantatas partial list. Cecilia's Day Sadie, Stanley ; Tyrrell, John eds. London: Macmillan. George Frideric Handel. The Alchemist Alceste. Cecilia's Day. Oboe Concerto No. Water Music Music for the Royal Fireworks. Organ concertos, Op. Namespaces Article Talk.
La resurrezione, HWV 47 (Handel, George Frideric)
After his first experience at the Hamburg Opera, Handel left for Italy, whose arts were brilliantly shining around the world. He often resided in Rome during the years , the Papal city was alive with creativity and had attentive patrons. At the time, a ruling of the pope forbade the performance of operas in Rome, and Handel found refuge in an allegoric oratorio, where he could develop all his lyrical art and his genius for drama, protected from censorship or almost…. Created on Easter Sunday April 8th , La Resurezzione was richly performed: a large orchestra with forty musicians was conducted by maestro Corelli and as for the singers, there were 1 bass, 1 tenor, 2 castrati and the famous diva Durasanti.
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