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 Decade: 1790-1799
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Tarare : opéra en cinq actes avec un prologue

Tarare : opéra en cinq actes avec un prologue

Date: 1790
Creator: Salieri, Antonio, 1750-1825 & Beaumarchais, Pierre Augustin Caron de, 1732-1799
Description: Antonio Salieri’s French debut Les Danaïdes (1784) led to additional commissions, Les Horaces (1786) and Tarare (1787). Although Les Horaces was not well-received, Tarare was popular both in Paris and Vienna. Beaumarchais supplied the libretto for Tarare, basing his plot on the third volume of the exotic English collection The Tales of the Genii, or The Delightful Lessons of Horam, the Son of Asmar (1764) by James Ridley, (pseudonym for Sir Charles Morell), who claimed the stories were translated from a Persian source.
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The gentle shepherd, a pastoral comedy

The gentle shepherd, a pastoral comedy

Date: 1796
Creator: Ramsay, Allan, 1686-1758.
Description: This is a copy of the libretto of the pastoral opera, "The gentle shepherd" by Allan Ramsey. It includes an engrave image bearing the inscription "Alan Ramsey Scotus," and "A. Ramsey, ad viv. del." (translatable as, drawing of the living subject) at the bottom left. It also bears the disclaimer and engraving signature, "Published according to Act of Parliament by D. Allan Edin, July 12, 1788" at the bottom right. The libretto includes twelve numbered plates depict various scenes from scenes of each act and include corresponding portions of text or dialog, melodies with figured bass, and a 15-page glossary at the end.
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Esther, a sacred oratorio in score

Esther, a sacred oratorio in score

Date: 1794
Creator: Handel, George Frideric, 1685-1759.
Description: This is a ca. 1794 score of "Esther," a sacred oratorio by Handel. According to the Grove Dictionary of Music, the English libretto of the oratorio was probably a collaborative work between John Arbuthnot and Alexander Pope with additional words by Samuel Humphreys. The engraved frontispiece that precedes the t.p. bears the title "Apotheosis of Handel," and the inscription, "The portrait from an original picture of Hudson's in the possession of Dr. Arnold. Designed by Rebecca [Biagio]. Engraved by [James] Heath. Published the 26th of May 1787, being the anniversary of the commemoration of Handel." A table of contents appears on p. 185 with incipits of first lines of text of recitatives and aria. The performance medium includes: oboes (2), flute, bassoon (2), trumpet, strings (violins, viola, violoncello, and bass), harp, soloists (S) and mixed chorus (SATB), and basso continuo. The choral number that appears in the appendix on p.183, contains a note, "This chorus comes in page 122."
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Esther, a sacred oratorio in score

Esther, a sacred oratorio in score

Date: 1794
Creator: Handel, George Frideric, 1685-1759.
Description: This is a bound copy of a ca. 1794 score of "Esther," a sacred oratorio by Handel. The cover contains the inscription, "The works of Handel, edited by Dr. Arnold." It does not include the frontispiece preceding the t.p. According to the Grove Dictionary of Music, the English libretto of the oratorio was probably a collaborative work between John Arbuthnot and Alexander Pope with additional words by Samuel Humphreys. A table of contents appears on p. 185 with incipits of first lines of text of recitatives and aria. The performance medium includes: oboes (2), flute, bassoon (2), trumpet, strings (violins, viola, violoncello, and bass), harp, soloists (S) and mixed chorus (SATB), and basso continuo. The choral number that appears in the appendix on p.183, contains a note, "This chorus comes in page 122."
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Oeuvres de Haydn, Cahier II contenant XI Pièces pour le Pianoforte

Oeuvres de Haydn, Cahier II contenant XI Pièces pour le Pianoforte

Date: 1799
Creator: Haydn, Joseph (1732-1809)
Description: This volume includes six piano sonatas, three sets of theme and variations, one fantasia, and one capricio [sic] with incipits for all pieces.
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Oeuvres de J. Haydn, Cahier XII contenant 9 Pièces pour le Pianoforte

Oeuvres de J. Haydn, Cahier XII contenant 9 Pièces pour le Pianoforte

Date: 1799
Creator: Haydn, Joseph (1732-1809)
Description: This volume contains the piano parts for eight piano sonatas (some accompanied either by violin or violin and 'cello) and one adagio. Incipits are present for all pieces.
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Oeuvres de J. Haydn, Cahier I contenant VIII Sonates pour le Pianoforte

Oeuvres de J. Haydn, Cahier I contenant VIII Sonates pour le Pianoforte

Date: 1799
Creator: Haydn, Joseph (1732-1809)
Description: This volume includes eight piano sonatas, preceded by pages featuring a portrait of the composer, a letter of dedication from the composers to the consumers of this item, and incipits of all eight sonatas.
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Oeuvres de J. Haydn, Cahier VI contenant V Sonates pour le Pianoforte

Oeuvres de J. Haydn, Cahier VI contenant V Sonates pour le Pianoforte

Date: 1799
Creator: Haydn, Joseph (1732-1809)
Description: This volume includes the piano parts for five piano trios (called "sonatas" on the title page) with incipits.
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Oeuvres de J. Haydn, Cahier VIII

Oeuvres de J. Haydn, Cahier VIII

Date: 1799
Creator: Haydn, Joseph (1732-1809)
Description: This volume contains fifteen sacred and secular songs for one to four voices with piano accompaniment. Contrary to the title page, the titles of each song are given either in German or German and Italian. When both languages are present in the text underlay, the Italian text sits directly below the staves with German below the Italian. Most songs either give "Singstimme" or a voice part for the vocal staves; some give names of characters, possibly indicating a theatrical or semi-dramatic performance context. Songs for one voice tend to be strophic while part songs are through-composed. Authors such as Gellert, Metastasio, and Shakespeare figure among the authors (most anonymous) of the texts. As with the other binlingual pieces in this volume, the scene "Arianna a Naxos" is set in Italian and German. The interaction of the soprano voice and piano accompaniment as well as the structural alternation between arioso/aria and recitative reveals this piece to be a solo cantata. The volume concludes with a four-page catalog of all of Breitkopf und Härtel's publications in Leipzig complete with price in thalers for each piece and a table of contents. The positioning of the Inhalt at the end of the volume reflects ...
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Oeuvres de J. Haydn, Cahier VII contenant VI Sonates pour le Pianoforte

Oeuvres de J. Haydn, Cahier VII contenant VI Sonates pour le Pianoforte

Date: 1799
Creator: Haydn, Joseph (1732-1809)
Description: This volume includes the piano parts for six piano trios (called "sonatas" on the title page) with incipits.
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