Pergolesi: Il Flaminio

Pergolesi: Il Flaminio

Some few months after returning to Naples from Rome, where he had gone to follow the premiere of L’Olimpiade at the Teatro Tordinona during the 1735 carnival season, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi presented the public with a new work, Il Flaminio, a “commedeja pe’ mmuseca” set to a libretto by Gennarantonio Federico. 

The opera was staged as the second of season that fall at the Teatro Nuovo sopra Toledo (one of three traditional venues, together with the Teatro dei Fiorentini and the Teatro della Pace, dedicated to the production of opere buffe), where it met with a generally favorable reception.

The edition is based basically on the Pergolesi’s autograph full score, for the third act, (kept in Naples, Conservatorio di San Pietro a Majella Library) and on a complete manuscript full score copy today in the Abbazia di Montecassino Library.

The critical edition, edited by Ivano Bettin, is in two volumes and includes a historical Introduction, a detailed description of all the sources considered and a Commentary with critical notes and information related to specific problems of performance practice. There is also the facsimile reproduction of the printed libretto.

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi Il Flaminio
Edizione Nazionale delle opere di Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
(Casa Ricordi with collaboration of Fondazione Pergolesi Spontini in Jesi)
Critical edition by Ivano Bettin
NR 141985 - Full score (two-volume set)

Image: Detail of  first page of the autograph score of the III act,  the only act to have survived in Pergolesi’s hand. The volume lacks a title page.
Naples, Biblioteca del Conservatorio di Musica “San Pietro a Majella”, Rari 1.6.28 (olim 15.2.12, deinde 14.3.21)