Fine large set design for the opera Il Pomo d'Oro depicting the Tempio di Pallade in Act IV, Scene 3. Engraved by Matthaus Küsel (1621-1682) after Lodovico Burnacini
by CESTI, Marc Antonio 1623-1669
Vienna, 1689. Le Blanc 22."[Cesti] was the most celebrated Italian musician of his generation. Although mostly known today as a composer, he was equally famous in his own time as a singer (tenor)." David L. Burrows et al in Grove Music Online. The opera, in a prologue and 5 acts with libretto by Francesco Sbarra, was first performed in Vienna at the Hoftheater auf der Cortina on July 12 and 14, 1668. "More than eight hours in length, Il pomo d'oro has long been recognized as the epitome of Baroque court operas." Carl B. Schmidt in Grove Music Online.. 254 x 349 mm. A nice impression on laid paper. The action takes place in an elaborately-designed open-air temple with columns and statues. The performers gather around a statue of a goddess. Trimmed to just within platemark; remnants of hinges to upper corners of verso. (Inventory #: 27674)
Musical Autographs and Manuscripts; Rare Books on Music and Dance; First and Early Editions of Printed Music; Prints, Drawings and Ephemera relating to Music and Dance including Opera and Ballet.
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