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Cipollini, Gaetano

Der kleine Haydn (1893)

(Il piccolo Haydn / Little Haydn)
Duration: 40 minutes
Comic opera in one act

Libretto by Antonio Cipollini; German version by Otto Eisenschitz (I,G)

Scoring
S,M,A,T,B 2(II=picc).2.2.2-4.4.3.1-timp.perc-harp-strings.
Abbreviations (PDF).


Territory
This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes for the world.



World Premiere
1/24/1893
Teatro Sociale, Como
Company: Unknown

Roles

JOSEPH HAYDN, 15 Mezzo Soprano
MARIANNE, his mother, a peasant's wife, 40 Alto
NICOLO PORPORA, master of music, 60 Tenor
ANZOLETTA, his pupil, 22 Soprano
COUNT KAUNITZ, minister of state and director of the court theatres, 65Bass


Time and Place
Vienna during the realm of Maria Theresa


Synopsis

The young Haydn is Porpora’s manservant. The composer is currently working on an opera but has run short of ideas. Haydn, of whose musicality Porpora is unaware, has secretly looked at the score and completed the missing scenes. Suddenly Porpora catches Haydn at the piano and throws him out of the house, suspecting him of being a music-spy. Count Kanitz arrives to collect the opera he had commissioned. When Porpora asks him for grace, Kanitz refuses. Then Haydn appears and admits that he has completed the opera in secret. All are enthusiastic about the music and celebrate Haydn. Porpora gives him a laurel wreath and abandons music.


Moods
Comic, Poetic


Subjects
Music/Arts





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