• Jommelli, Niccolò : Betulia Liberata. Oratorio for 4 Voices, Choir and Instruments. Text by Pietro Metastasio [Performance Material on Hire]

Niccolò Jommelli

Betulia Liberata. Oratorio for 4 Voices, Choir and Instruments. Text by Pietro Metastasio [Performance Material on Hire]

  • Critical Edition
  • Editor: Gaetano Pitarresi, Nicolò Maccavino
  • Publisher: Ut Orpheus
  • Code: NAP 5B
  •   Available on Hire
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[Solo: SATB - Choir: SATB - 0.2.0.0. - 2.0.0.0 - Str - Bc]

Betulia liberata, for four voices, strings, two oboes, two horns and basso continuo, was the second oratorio by Niccolò Jommelli (1714-1774), following Isacco figura del Redentore. It was composed in 1743 to a commission from the Fathers of the Congregation of the Oratorio of Saint Philip Neri, and was widely performed in Italy throughout the 18th century, as well as in Prague and in London. Metastasio’s text proved popular with composers, and Jommelli’s version of this text is one of the most felicitous on account of its impact, variety and consistent inventiveness, and also for the care he took in matching the music to the drama.
The brilliant combination of different styles and forms, the attention to dramatic characterisation, and the power of invention displayed by Jommelli in Betulia liberata make him the foremost Italian composer of the mid-eighteenth century, pre-eminence recognised by the music critics and historians of his age.

Author: Niccolò Jommelli (1714-1774)

Editor: Gaetano Pitarresi, Nicolò Maccavino

Publication Date: 4/1/2003

Series: Napoli e l’Europa (Naples and Europe)

Edition: Performance Material on Hire

ISMN: 979-0-2153-2135-9

Code: NAP 5B