Giovanni Battista Pergolesi – Critical Editions

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National Edition of the Works of Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
Published by Casa Ricordi in collaboration with Fondazione Pergolesi-Spontini (Jesi) and Centro Studi Pergolesi (University of Milan)
General editor:
Claudio Toscani

Full score with critical commentary included:
hardbound volumes, 20 x 27 cm (Historical Introduction and critical commentary in Italian and English)
Piano vocal score:
paper bound, 20 x 27 cm (Historical Introduction and critical commentary in Italian and English)

The extraordinary notoriety that Giovanni Battista Pergolesi enjoyed after his death rendered immortal the historical figure of the musician from Jesi but at the same time it had the effect of grossly distorting the body of his work. In fact, from as early as the 18th century the success of Pergolesi’s music in Europe generated such a huge demand for his compositions that unscrupulous copyists and publishers were able to satisfy it only by attaching his name to the music of other composers. In this way the number of works by Pergolesi multiplied in a wholly artificial manner.

It has only been in relatively recent times that researchers have made the decisive advances necessary to liberate the Pergolesi corpus from the cluttering presence of false attributions. Starting from the 1950s studies carried out on the sources have made it possible to identify with precision Pergolesi’s hand-writing and modus operandi and in this way to establish the overall number of compositions that can be attributed with certainty to the Jesi musician. In 1986 the publishing companies Pendragon and Ricordi set in train the joint publication of a new edition of the works of Pergolesi (The Complete Works), but after the release of the first four volumes between 1986 and 1994 the work came to a halt.

The idea of taking up this work again and bringing it to completion, founding it on new bases and adhering to criteria of academic rigor and practical utility, arose out of discussions within the Pergolesi Committee of the Fondazione Pergolesi-Spontini (Jesi). In view of the 300th anniversary of the birth of the composer the foundation took the decision to give concrete form to a project that had been tenaciously cultivated and already solidly conceived by Francesco Degrada. The initiative has revealed itself to be a natural outlet for the work of a range of scholars who in more recent years have prepared for the Foundation and Casa Ricordi a number of critically revised performance scores for use in the Pergolesi Festival.

The National Edition of the Works of Giovanni Battista Pergolesi was instituted by the Ministry for the Cultural Heritage and Cultural Initiatives following upon a proposal by the Fondazione Pergolesi-Spontini. The National Edition has availed itself of the collaboration of the Centro Studi Pergolesi – established in 2008 as an interdepartmental research center at the University of Milan – for archive material and research support.


Critical Editions available

I. Dramas for Music

Il prigionier superbo (1733)
Edited by Claudio Toscani (2017)
One-volume set: score + critical commentary included pp. I-LXXXII, 1-275
NR 141514
Piano vocal score available
CP 141516

II. Comedies for Music

Il Flaminio (1735)
Edited by Ivano Bettin (2019)
Two-volume set: score + critical commentary included pp. I-CI, 1-456
NR 141985
Piano vocal score available
CP 141987

IV. Oratorios

La fenice sul rogo, ovvero La morte di S. Giuseppe (1731)
Edited by Alessandro Monga and Davide Verga (2013)
One-volume set: score + critical commentary included pp. I-LXXXV, 1-159
NR 140739
Piano vocal score available
CP 140741

V. Masses

Messa in Re maggiore (1731?)
Edited by Claudio Bacciagaluppi (2015)
One-volume set: score + critical commentary included pp. I-LXV, 1-145
NR 141194
Piano vocal score available
CP 141196

VII. Sequenza

Stabat Mater
Edited by Claudio Toscani (2012)
One-volume set: score + critical commentary included pp. I-LXXVII, 1-76
NR 139699
Piano vocal score available
CP 141117


In preparation

I. Dramas for Music

La Salustia (1732)
Adriano in Siria (1734)
L'olimpiade (1735)

II. Comedies for Music

Lo frate 'nnamorato (1732)

III. Intermezzi

La serva padrona (1733)
La contadina astuta / Livietta e Tracollo (1734)

IV. Oratorios

Li prodigi della divina grazia nella conversione e morte di San Guglielmo Duca d'Aquitania (1731)

V. Masses

Messa in Fa maggiore (“Missa S. Emidio”) (1732?)

VI. Psalms, Motets, Antiphons

Deus in adjutorium (Domine ad adjuvandum me)
Dixit Dominus
Confitebor tibi, Domine
Laudate pueri Dominum
Dignas laudes resonemus
In coelestibus regnis
Salve Regina in La minore
Salve Regina in Do minore

VIII. Cantatas

Questo è il piano, questo è il rio (1731)
Dalla città vicino
Dalsigre, ahi mia Dalsigre
Chi non ode e chi non vede
Luce degli occhi miei
Nel chiuso centro

IX. Instrumental Music

Concerto in Si bemolle maggiore per violino, archi, bc
Sinfonia (Sonata) in Fa maggiore per violoncello e bc
2 Sonate per organo

X. Uncertain Works

XI. Thematic Catalogue

XII. Texts