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Paradies: Le muse in gara

Pietro Domenico Paradies
Le muse in gara
Edited by Vanessa Tonelli
B225
Paradies: Le muse in gara
Full Score (2021)
978-1-9872-0709-5
9x12, xxvii + 193

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Le muse in gara, a serenata composed by Pietro Domenico Paradies on a libretto by D. Giacomo De Belli, was a highlight of the Venetian musical and cultural milieu at its premiere in the Ospedale di Mendicanti on 4 April 1740. The performance, given by the Ospedale’s all-female musical ensemble, enticed hundreds of esteemed nobles and foreigners, including a special guest, the future Prince-Elector of Saxony Frederick Christian. With so many prestigious audience members in attendance to hear the exceptional female musicians, the text and the context of the performance present an occasion of Venice’s foreign relations being fashioned through the Ospedale and its musical performances. This edition of Le muse in gara offers a crucial glimpse of the importance of the Ospedale and its female musicians in Venice’s political maneuvering, with an introduction that highlights institutional structure and performer contributions in relation to the work.
Le muse in gara
Sinfonia
Prima parte
 1. Recitativo (Clio): “Tra le Meonie Ancelle”
 2. Aria (Clio): “Questi mari, e questi lidi”
 3. Recitativo (Clio, Tersicore): “Ma qui Calliope, Euterpe”
 4. Aria (Tersicore): “Fin nell’ombrose tane”
 5. Recitativo (Calliope): “Dillo a Calliope almen”
 6. Aria a violino solo (Calliope): “Canto i fasti”
 7. Recitativo (Erato): “Anco Erato ti porge i voti suoi”
 8. Aria (Erato): “Questa pura verginella”
 9. Recitativo (Euterpe): “Non ti cale di Euterpe”
10. Aria (Euterpe): “Se non parli”
11. Recitativo (Clio, Apollo, Calliope): “Tersicore, Calliope, Euterpe, Erato”
12. Aria (Apollo): “La luce più amena”
13. Recitativo (Clio): “Intanto a parte a parte”
14. Coro: “Viva Apollo il biondo Nume”
 
Seconda parte
15. Recitativo (Calliope, Erato): “Siam nel Parnaso, Erato”
16. Duetto (Calliope, Erato): “Quando vede il mio cor”
17. Recitativo (Apollo): “Questo, alme Suore, è il giorno”
18. Aria (Apollo): “Canti lo stuol”
19. Recitatio (Clio): “Ecco, Signor, che sugli annali antichi”
20. Aria (Clio): “Ti raccolsi il dì primiero”
21. Recitativo accompagnato (Tersicore): “Orfeo, mio figlio”
22. Aria (Tersicore): “Sei tu quel, che in duro agone”
23. Recitativo (Calliope): “Signor, se mai d’Achille”
24. Aria (Calliope): “Sulle soglie sacrate”
25. Recitativo (Erato, Calliope): “Anch’io, Signor”
26. Aria (Erato): “Vaga ninfa”
27. Recitativo (Euterpe): “Qual vaga vista”
28. Aria (Euterpe): “Dea de boschi, e Dea del mare”
29. Recitativo (Apollo): “Giacché da te s’apprese”
30. Coro: “Vanne al Padre, e vanne al soglio”
 
Appendix: Alternate Arias
4a. Alternate Aria (Tersicore): "Fin nell'ombrose tane"
18a. Alternate Aria (Apollo): "Canti lo stuol"
Vanessa Tonelli studied for a PhD in Musicology at Northwestern University, with a certification in Gender and Sexuality Studies. Tonelli's research focuses on historical intersections between music and gender in the lives of female musicians, with a dissertation on the figlie del coro in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Venetian Ospedali.
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