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Fedra Incoronata Drama Regio Musicale. Attione Prima De gli Applausi fatti nell?Elett.le Città di Monaco per la Nascita Dell?Altezza Ser.ma di Massimiliano Emanuele, Primo Genito Elettorale Delle Seren.me Elett.li Alt.ze di Ferdinando Maria & Henrieta maria Adelaide, Duchi dell?una, e l?altra Baviera & Elettori del Sac.o Rom.o Imp.o.
Munich Gioann Iekelino [Johann Jäcklin] 1662. - 4to [20 x 15 cm], (9)ff., 77 pp., 12 folding plates with engravings Matthaeus Küsel of the stage designs by Francesco Santorini. Bound in contemporary cartonnato, title written on spine in an old hand, bottom of spine a little torn, worm tracks in cover and outer leaves not affecting text, minimal foxing, overall a very good copy with excellent impressions of the plates. Very rare first edition of the first part of a trilogy of operas first performed in Munich in September 1662 to celebrate the birth of Massimilio Emanuele, first son of Ferdinando Maria, duke of Bavaria and imperial elector, and Henriette Adelaide, Princess of Savoy. It is rare to find the book with all 12 folding plates documenting the sumptuous theatrical machinery and scenography by Francesco Santurini.Ferdinand Maria and Henriette Adelaide were both fourteen years old when they were married by proxy in 1650. Their first child, a girl, was born ten years later, followed by a boy in 1662. In celebration of the new heir, "the Munich court organized a festivity which outdid in scale and variety virtually any other 17th century festivity anywhere, those at Vienna, Florence and Paris included. Not only was the whole town illuminated and the populace treated to wine from specially erected fountains, as well as bread, gold coins and commemorative medals, but the court witnessed and took part in an extraordinary spectacle." (Watanabe-O?Kelly, Triumphall shews, p.90)At its center was a trilogy consisting of the present opera, a tournament opera Antiopa Giustificata and a firework opera called Medea vendicativa. The libretti for all three were by Count Pietro Paolo Bissari, who was joined by the court composer Johann Kasper Kerll (MGG VII, 871 ff.) and the Italian theatre designer Santorini. (Thieme/B. XXIX, 452 f) "The three dramas are interconnected, the plot of each one arising out of the one before. Each event takes place in a different location and the trilogy stretches over a period of eight days Not only is each individual part of the trilogy lavish to a degree, but this interweaving of three types of event and three locations into one huge spectacle is unique at this date and only emulated once, though on a much smaller scale, by Louis XIV two years later in the Plaisirs de l?isle enchantée. The librettist, Pietro Paulo Conte Bissari (1595-1663) was an Italian diplomat and man of letters. He wrote the libretti to a number of other operas (see NBG, VI, 139-140). The score was written by Johann Kaspar Kerll (1627-93), a German composer and organist active in Austria and widely admired as performer. (see Grove)*Watanabe-O?Kelly 163, Ornamentstichkatalog Berlin 3125 (with 11 out of 12 plates). [Attributes: First Edition]
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