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HANDEL, George Frideric 1695-1759.
Arminius an Opera as it is Perform'd at the Theatre Royal in Covent Garden. [Full score].
London: I. Walsh, No. 605, [1737]. Folio. Full modern dark red cloth, titling gilt to spine. 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 1f. (recto "a Table of Songs...," verso blank), 91, [i] (blank) pp. Engraved throughout. With singers' names printed within the score, including Strada, Hannibali (Annibali), Negri, Beard, Reinhold, Conti and Bertolli. With numerous embellishments in pencil to the vocal line of "Posso moir ma vivere" "Sung by Sigr. Conti" at the end of Act I to pp. 27-31 in a 19th century hand. Binding slightly worn; spine faded. Some signs or wear, minor stains, soiling, and mottled browning; minor loss to lower outer blank corners of first two leaves including title repaired; title reinforced at gutter; lacking pp. 35/36 (supplied in photocopy); also llacking the list of subscribers as in other copies cited by Smith. Small previous owner's name in ink to upper corner of front pastedown. First Edition, sole issue. Smith p. 20, 1. BUC p. 426. RISM H116. An opera in three acts to a libretto anonymously adapted from Antonio Salvi Arminio (1703, Pratolino), Arminius was first performed in London at Covent Garden on January 12, 1737. "Handel composed Arminio immediately after drafting Giustino, completing the 'filling-out' of the score on 14 October 1736. It was the first new opera in Handel's season of 1736-7 at Covent Garden Theatre, when for the last time his productions competed with those of the 'Opera of the Nobility' at the King's Theatre... Arminius has some very fine numbers, notably his noble declaration of faith to his country ('Al par della mia sorte'), with i … [Click Below for Full Description]

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