L'Orfeo, SV 318 (Claudio Monteverdi)

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  • (Posted 2016-06-21)   CPDL #40106:      Score information: A4, 109 pages, 1.18 MB   
First instrument:   Score information: A4, 28 pages, 274 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Second instrument:   Score information: A4, 28 pages, 274 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Third instrument, treble clef:   Score information: A4, 24 pages, 246 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Third instrument, alto clef:   Score information: A4, 24 pages, 252 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Fourth instrument, octaviated treble clef:   Score information: A4, 25 pages, 242 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Fourth instrument, tenor clef:   Score information: A4, 24 pages, 239 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Fifth instrument, octaviated treble clef:   Score information: A4, 25 pages, 252 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Fifth instrument, tenor clef:   Score information: A4, 24 pages, 242 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Sixth instrument:   Score information: A4, 24 pages, 240 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Seventh instrument:   Score information: A4, 24 pages, 243 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Basso Continuo (one system):   Score information: A4, 40 pages, 351 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Basso Continuo (two systems):   Score information: A4, 52 pages, 408 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Harp:   Score information: A4, 54 pages, 441 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Editorial report:  
Editor: Peter Rottländer (submitted 2016-06-21).   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from 1609 edition, compared to 1615 reprint. Please read the editorial report before asking questions.


  • CPDL #17022:      (Finale 2006)
Editor: Sabine Cassola (submitted 2008-06-15).   Score information: A4, 81 pages, 1.61 MB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Transcribed from edition of 1609.

Excerpts

Toccata – Prologue – Act One
  • CPDL #11421:   
Editor: Philip Legge (submitted 2006-04-08).   Score information: A4, 25 pages, 270 kB   Copyright: © 2006 Philip Legge
Edition notes: Score currently includes only: Toccata – Prologue – Act One. Transcribed from the 1615 reprint.
Act Three
  • (Posted 2012-09-01)   CPDL #27065:   
Editor: Marcel Gautreau (submitted 2012-08-31).   Score information: Letter, 11 pages, 3.65 MB   Copyright: CC BY NC SA
Edition notes: Editorial additions and alternatives in light grey type; includes end notes. Transcribed from Venice: Ricciardo Amadino, 1615. Second printing from new engraving; originally published 1609.

General Information

Title: L'Orfeo, SV 318
Original title: L'Orfeo, Favola in Musica da Claudio Monteverdi rappresentata in Mantova l'anno 1607. - Orfeo, fable set to music (=opera) by Claudio Monteverdi, presented in Mantua in 1607.
Composer: Claudio Monteverdi

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SSATB and solos
Solo rôles:

Prologue
La Musica (Music), soprano
Act 1
Orfeo, tenor
Euridice, soprano
Ninfa (A nymph), soprano
Pastori (Shepherds), soprano, alto, 2 tenors, bass

Genre: SecularOpera

Language: Italian
Instruments: Orchestra: flute, cornetti, clarino, trombe, trombones, strings, chitarroni, double harp, regal, two organs

First published: 1609 by Ricciardo Amadino, Venice
Reprinted 1615.

Description: While there were semi-successful operatic experiments in Florence in the 1590s, Monteverdi's Orfeo was the first truly viable opera, first produced to great acclaim in February of 1607 in Mantua and the full score published soon after in Venice by Monteverdi's usual firm Amadino. The libretto was written by Alessandro Striggio (II), son of the Florentine composer Alessandro Striggio.

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Original text and translations

Act Three

Italian.png Italian text

Possente Spirto e formidabil nume,
senza cui far passaggio a l'altra riva
alma da corpo sciolta in van presume.

Non viv'io, no, che poi di vita è priva
mia cara sposa, il cor non è più meco,
e senza cor com'esser può ch'io viva?

A lei volt'ho 'l camin per l'aer cieco,
a l'Inferno non già, ch'ovunque stassi
tanta bellezza il paradiso ha seco.

Orfeo son io che d'Euridice i passi
segue per queste tenebrose arene,
ove già mai per uom mortal non vassi.
O de le luci mie luci serene
s'un vostro sguardo può tornarmi in vita,
Ahi, chi nega il conforto a le mie pene ?
Sol tu, nobile dio puoi darmi aita,
nè temer dei, ché sopra un'aurea Cetra
Sol di corde soavi armo le dita
contra cui rigida alma invan s'impetra.