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Jommelli, Niccolò
Betulia Liberata. Oratorio for 4 Voices, Choir and Instruments. Text by Pietro Metastasio
Critical Edition
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Editors: Gaetano Pitarresi, Nicolò Maccavino

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[Solo: SATB - Choir: SATB - - - Str - Bc]

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


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.

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Napoli e l’Europa (Naples and Europe)
The Neapolitan School from the 17th to the 19th Century

This series presents critical and Urtext editions of music by composers of the Neapolitan School from 17th to 19th century.

Ut Orpheus Edizioni is the exclusive publisher for the Neapolitan School project, created by Maestro Riccardo Muti, at the helm of the Orchestra Giovanile Luigi Cherubini. Starting in 2007, in association with the Ravenna Festival, the Salzburg Festival has produced, for the Whitsun Festival, operas, oratorios and masses of great musical relevance, rarely performed or even unheard.
Ut Orpheus is publishing the critical edition of the music in the section of the present series named ‘Masterpieces of the Neapolitan School selected by Riccardo Muti for the Salzburg Whitsun Festival project in association with the Ravenna Festival’. Furthermore, the publisher is producing for each work the vocal score and the orchestral material on hire for other productions.

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