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THE COMPOSITION AND THE PRODUCTION OF THE OPERA SCORE

Beth L. Glixon and Jonathan E. Glixon

in Inventing the Business of Opera

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780195154160
Published online May 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199868483 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195154160.003.0006
THE COMPOSITION AND THE PRODUCTION OF THE OPERA SCORE

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This chapter discusses the composition of opera in mid-17th-century Venice and the production of the score. Nearly all opera composers also pursued other means of employment, but the significant fees that could be earned made the extra work worthwhile. The most highly paid composer was Francesco Cavalli, who managed to negotiate favorable contracts at several different theaters. Pietro Andrea Ziani was another popular composer who continued to supply operas even after he took a job in Vienna. The composer was usually responsible for supplying copies of the score; he often assisted at rehearsals, made revisions to the score (tailoring it to the various singers), and led the orchestra as well. On occasion an older score was mounted, rather than a new one, inevitably saving the impresario money.

Keywords: composer; contracts; impresario; copies; rehearsals; orchestra; revisions; Francesco Cavalli; Pietro Andrea Ziani

Chapter.  17516 words. 

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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