Piccinni: Il regno della Luna, Part 1

Series: Classical Era  Publisher: A-R Editions
This volume is part of the set Piccinni: Il regno della Luna
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Niccolò Piccinni
Il regno della Luna, Part 1
Introductory Materials and Act 1

Edited by Lawrence Mays

C112 Piccinni: Il regno della Luna, Part 1
978-1-9872-0215-1 Full Score (2019) 9x12, lxii + 243 pp.
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Niccolò Piccinni (1728–1800) wrote Il regno della luna for the Regio Ducal Theatro in Milan in 1770, and a revised version—preserved in the only extant source—was performed seven times in Dresden between 1773 and 1775. The work showcases the subversion of dramma giocoso conventions through which Piccinni presented characters that are at once realistic and sympathetic. Noteworthy musical elements include the high proportion of ensembles in relation to arias, the frequent use of accompanied recitative, and the prominent role of the chorus. The unknown librettist may have been Giuseppe Parini, whose Enlightenment views are echoed in the opera’s unconventional themes. The libretto engages strongly with eighteenth-century Italian discourse regarding the social and political position of women, the non-European Other, and the societal costs and benefits of militarism and commerce. Involving actual travel to the Moon, the work also exemplifies early science fiction. Presented here in its first modern edition, Il regno della Luna stands as a testament to the most forward-looking ideas of its time, both musically and ideologically.
Il regno della Luna
Atto primo
Scenes 1–7 (The Royal Palace)
No. 1. Coro: “Viva il regno della Luna”
No. 2. Replica del Coro: “Viva il regno della Luna”
No. 3. Aria (Stellante): “Volete vederlo?”
No. 4. Aria (Spaccone): “Che bel piacere”
No. 5. Aria (Astolfo): “Non vi piacque, ingiusti dei”
No. 6. Duetto (Frasia, Lesbina): “Bella cosa è il poter dire”
No. 7. Aria (Astolfina): “No, non è per noi sì poco”
No. 8. Terzetto (Frasia, Lesbina, Astolfo): “Che bel amare”
Scenes 8–10 (Portico of the Palace)
No. 9. Aria (Mercionne): “Mia regina, anch’io son qua”
No. 10. Aria (Astolfina): “Meglio rifletti al trono”
No. 11. Finale
Atto secondo
Scenes 1–4 (Portico as above)
No. 12. Aria (Astolfo): “Ah se a ferirmi il cor”
Scenes 5–9 (Throne room)
No. 13. Coro: “Della region lunatica”
No. 14. Replica del Coro: “Della region lunatica”
No. 15. Recitativo accompagnato (Stellante, Frasia, Spaccone, Lesbina, Mercionne): “Io filosofo”
No. 16. Aria (Mercionne): “Se mia moglie voi sarete”
No. 17. Recitativo accompagnato (Astolfina, Frasia, Lesbina, Mercionne, Spaccone, Stellante): “Ebben?”
No. 18. Recitativo accompagnato (Stellante, Spaccone): “Misero voi!”
No. 19. Aria (Astolfina): “Voi, che i lor pregi, e i vanti”
No. 20. Quartetto (Frasia, Stellante, Spaccone, Mercionne): “Bel bello”
Scenes 10–12 (Garden with some terraces)
No. 21 Aria (Stellante): “Poveretto, oh che ignoranza!”
No. 22 Cavatina (Spaccone): “Cadrà fra poco in cenere”
No. 23 Finale: “Ahi di sciagure, e pianto”
Atto terzo
Scenes 1–2 (Portico as above)
No. 24. Terzetto (Stellante, Mercionne, Spaccone): “Ahi povero me!”
No. 25. Quartetto (Astolfo, Stellante, Mercionne, Spaccone): “Spettacol più giocondo”
Scenes 3–5 (Gallery)
No. 26. Coro: “L’arsenal degli arsenali”
No. 27. Recitativo accompagnato (Astolfo, Stellante, Mercionne, Spaccone): “Eccovi i più preziosi depositi del regno”
No. 28. Aria (Astolfina): “Sì, pazzi qual siete”
No. 29. Terzetto (Stellante, Mercionne, Spaccone): “Ah madamine, siate bonine”
No. 30. Recitativo accompagnato (Stellante, Mercionne, Spaccone, Astolfina, Frasia, Lesbina): “Sì, perché più l’insano immaginar vediate”
No. 31. Finale: “Sì, restate, e mille grazie”