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Compendio delle sontuose feste fatte l'anno MDCVIII nella città di Mantova per le reali nozze del Serenissimo Principe D. Francesco Gonzaga con la Serenissima Infante Margherita di Savoia
4to (194x140 mm). [8], 149, [1 blank] pp. and 1 folding engraved plate (Disegno della battaglia navale et del castello de fuochi trionfali fatti..., 230x350 mm). Signatures: [π]4 A-T4. Leaf [π]4 is a blank. Lacking the final blank leaf and a second folding plate (Dissegno del carro...), which is often missing. Contemporary flexible vellum with inked title on spine (bottom of spine and large portion of front panel restored, lacking ties). Book block partly detached from the front cover, lacking the lower outer corner of the front flyleaf, some marginal foxing, a few stains to leaves 46-49, but all in all a very good, genuine copy.First edition, dedicated by Federico Follino to Margherita Gonzaga, the sister of the spouse. The dedication is dated 1 July 1608. The chaplain Federico Follino was responsible for the design and organization of the festivities for the marriage of Francesco Gonzaga and Margaret of Savoy. The plate shows the mock naval battle and the castle built on a platform in the middle of the Mantua lake, work of the engineer Daniele Bertazzolo.The description, among other things, contains the full text of Ottavio Rinuccini's Arianna (pp. 29-66), set to music by Claudio Monteverdi, at the time choirmaster of the duke of Mantua, and performed during the festivities. Rinuccini, invited from Florence, had written the libretto on purpose for the occasion. The account describes in detail the staging of the opera, which lasted two hours and half. The libretto of the Arianna was published as a separate text three times in the same year, 1608, at Florence, Mantua, and Venice.After that, were staged the Idropica (pp. 72-99), a comedy by Battista Guarini, with the intermezzi by Gabriello Chiabrera and a music prologue by Monteverdi, and Il ballo delle ingrate ('The Ballet of the Ungrateful Ladies', pp. 129-134), a semi-dramatic ballet written by Rinuccini and set to music by Monteverdi. The representation of the Ifigenia (pp. 142-149) by Alessandro Striggio closed the celebrations."The 1608 luxurious feasts for the marriage of prince Francesco to Infanta Margherita of Savoia maybe the most impressive expression of Vincenzo Gonzaga' taste and cultural-political design. Federico Follino provides us with a precious Compendio of them, which includes all the texts of the spectacles and two plates, which illustrate the naumachia planned by Bertazzolo. By analyzing Follino' text the festival and spectacular events of the entire cycle were reconstructed; furthermore it is noticed how the court was most attentive to all the spectacular novelties and excellences like the 'commedia musicale' or the ballet as autonomous genre, as well as to the more known spectacular varieties. It is also pointed out how a great importance was attributed to the scenic aspects and the stage-designing skill of the time" (A. Mignatti, Compendio delle sontuose feste..., in: R. Brunelli, ed., "Vincenzo I Gonzaga 1562-1612. Il fasto pel potere", Mantua, 2012, pp. 159-162).This festival book is extremely rare on the market. Of the recorded copies, only a few have both plates.Catalogo unico, IT\ICCU\MUS\0319364; Sartori, Libretti italiani a stampa, 5974; Watanabe-O'Kelly & Simon, Festivals and ceremonies, 463.
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