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[K 621] La Clemenza di Tito Dramma in due Atti Partitura Titus Oper in Zwey Akten Partitur Preis 6 Rthlr [Full score]
Leipzig: Breitkopf & Härtel [PN 620]. [1809]. Folio. Dark green half leather with marbled boards, spine in decorative compartment gilt with titling gilt, marbled endpapers. 1f. (title), [i] (table of contents), [i] (blank), [viiii] (cast list and libretto, in German only, in two numbered columns), [i] (blank), 2-107, [i] (blank) pp. Libretto typeset; music engraved. Text in Italian and German. Overture (pp. 2-9) without plate number. Slightly browned; closely trimmed, not affecting text. . First Edition. Haberkamp I, p. 379. Köchel 6, p. 720. Hoboken 12, 592. Hirsch II, 628 (but "in zwei Akten"). RISM M5094 ("in zwei Akten"). With the secco recitatives and stage directions in the libretto. La Clemenza di Tito an opera seria in two acts to a libretto by Pietro Metastasio adapted by Caterino Mazzolà, was first performed in Prague at the National Theatre on September 6, 1791, approximately 3 months before Mozart died on December 5, 1791. He had arrived in Prague on August 28 and, despite his illness, finished work on the opera on the eve of the performance. "The reception was modest until a triumphant last night was reported to Mozart (who had left Prague on 15 September) on the day of the première of Die Zauberflöte (30 September)... Had he lived to prepare further performances, Mozart would surely have replaced Süssmayr’s simple recitatives (which do not always end in an appropriate key). He might have increased the orchestrated recitative to a quantity approaching that in Così and, as he had planned for Idomeneo, rearranged the vocal forces, with a tenor Sextus. Now that performances and recordings, and a general revival of 18th-century repertory, encourage reassessment of its virtues, La clemenza di Tito clearly appears a conception not fully realized, but still masterly and amply rewarding study and performance." Julian Rushton in Grove online
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