Reichardt: Claudine von Villa Bella (Berlin, 1789)

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Johann Friedrich Reichardt
Claudine von Villa Bella (Berlin, 1789)

Edited by Robert Meikle, David Hill

C079 Reichardt: Claudine von Villa Bella (Berlin, 1789)
978-0-89579-647-9 Full Score (2009) 9x12, lxii + 432 pp.
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Performance Parts

Keyboard-Vocal Score (2011)

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Set of 36 parts: 2222 2200 timp 66443
"Reichardt has been good for me," remarked Goethe in April 1789, on receiving Reichardt’s setting of Claudine von Villa Bella, an Italian-style Singspiel adaptation of his earlier Schauspiel mit Gesang of the same name. The simple plot—an incognito ne’er-do-well of noble lineage ("Rugantino"/Carlos) leads a marauding band of fairly harmless outlaws, charms the heart of Claudine's cousin (Lucinde), reveals his true identity and is reconciled with his family, while Claudine and her sweetheart Pedro are united—is full of incident and provides Reichardt with the opportunity to give his characters as many musical genres as are found two years later in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. He moves from serenades in the simple volkstümlich style of which he was so fond to grand sonata-form opera seria arias, lusty drinking songs, lyrical strophic songs, and full-length finales, while Goethe’s spoken dialogue is in blank verse. After four initial documented Berlin performances in 1789 and a 1795 production in Weimar, Claudine has since been revived only once, and that in a drastically cut version in Königsberg in 1932 to mark the centenary of Goethe's death. It is well worth a modern and more faithful realization.
Erster Aufzug
  No. 1. Terzett: “Das hast du wohl bereitet” (Lucinde, Pedro, Alonzo)
  No. 2. Ländliche Musik
  No. 3. Quintette mit Chor: “Fröhlicher, seliger” (Claudine, Lucinde, Ein Kind, Pedro, Alonzo, Landleute)
  No. 4. Gesang: “Hin und wider fliegen Pfeile” (Lucinde)
  No. 5. Arie: “Alle Freuden, alle Gaben” (Claudine)
  No. 6. Arie: “Es erhebt sich eine Stimme” (Pedro)
  No. 7. Rezitativ: “Er flieht!” (Claudine)
  No. 8. Arie: “Liebe schwärmt auf allen Wegen” (Claudine)
  No. 9. Gesang mit Chor: “Mit Mädeln sich vertragen” (Rugantino, Vagabunden)
  No. 9½. Arie: “Wie lieb ich die Schöne” (Rugantino)
  No. 10. Finale: “Horchet doch” (Rugantino, Basco, Vagabunden)
Zweiter Aufzug
  No. 11. Arie: “Lebet wohl, geliebte Bäume” (Pedro)
  No. 12. Szene: “In dem stillen Mondenscheine” (Claudine, Lucinde, Pedro, Rugantino, Vagabunden)
  No. 13. Lied: “Liebliches Kind!” (Rugantino)
  No. 14. Duett: “Ein zärtlich Herz hat viel” (Claudine, Lucinde)
  No. 15. Lied: “Es war ein Buhle frech genung” (Rugantino)
  No. 16. Finale: “Herr, o Herr” (Claudine, Lucinde, Rugantino, Alonzo, Bediente Pedros und Alonzos)
Dritter Aufzug
  No. 17. Lied: “Langsam weichen mir die Sterne” (Pedro)
  No. 18. Lied: “Herein mit den Sachen” (Basco)
  No. 19. Arie: “Ich habe Lucinden, die Freundin, verloren” (Claudine)
  No. 20. Rezitativ: “O Himmel, welch Gefühl ergreift mich nun” (Claudine)
  No. 21. Duett: “Mich umfängt ein banger Schauer” (Claudine, Pedro)
  No. 22. Finale: “Lege, Verräter, nieder die Waffen!” (Claudine, Ludinde, Pedro, Rugantino/Carlos, Basco, Alonzo, Garden)
James Parsons, Early Music, Nov. 2010; Thomas Bauman, Eighteenth-Century Music, 2011