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Aureli, Aurelio & Bernardo Sabadini (composer). Il favore de gli dei : drama fantastico...

Aureli, Aurelio & Bernardo Sabadini (composer). Il favore de gli dei : drama fantastico musicale, fatto rappresentare dal serenissimo sig. duca di Parma nel suo Gran Teatro per le felicissime nozze del serenissimo sig. principe Odoardo suo primo genito con la serenissima signora principessa Dorotea Sofia di Neoburgo / poesia d’Aurelio Aurelj...; e musica di d. Bernardo Sabadini ... In Parma : Nella Stampa ducale, 1690.

Quarto. Contemporary vellum decorated by a central lozenge, framed into a double fillet border with flower tools in the corner xvi, 88 p., [15] folded leaves of plates all in very good condition (minor restoration to dedication plate leaving one small hole; closed tear to first plate at beginning of Act II; minor restoration to verso of two other plate; some soiling). An uncut copy.

Opera with ballet commissioned by Ranuccio II Farnese, Duke of Parma and Piacenza, and performed at Parma to celebrate the wedding of his son Prince Odoardo II Farnese of Parma (1666-93) and Dorthea Sophie of Neuburg (1670-1748), daughter of the Elector of the Palatinate. Includes synopsis and libretto. Scenery painted by Domenico Mauro and Ferdinando Galli Bibiena, choreography by Federico Crivelli, costumes by Gasparo Torelli, and stage machinery by Gasparo and Pietro Mauro. Cast list for singers and dancers pp. ix-x.

Very large folded etched and engraved plate by Carlo Virginio Draghi. Fourteen smaller folded engravings. Plates etched by Domenico Bonaveri, Francesco Maria Francia, Gioan Antonio Lorenzini and Lodovico Mattioli.

The production, in three acts, features 25 main characters. Set to music by Bernardo Sabadini, it was conceived to permit continuous changes of scenes, with complicated stage machines. Its elaborate & grandiose staging caused this production to be compared to the famous Pomo d’Oro performed in Vienna in 1668. Like the Pomo d’Oro, the first plates presents a decorative stage for the dedication of the production. The others depict the elaborate scenery for many of the actions.

Provenance: M.A. Principis Burghesii (bookplate first inner board), manuscript inscription “di Teresa Golzio figlia di Mada Golzio piancenti” on verso of the last flyleaf.

References: Watanabe-O’Kelly, H. Festivals and ceremonies, 1122.


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