Händel, Georg Friedrich
Oreste HWV A/11
Opera in three acts
Edition no.
BA 4045
ISMN
9790006443536
Volume / Series
Hallische Händel-Ausgabe. Serie II-Supplement/1
Editor
Baselt, Bernd
Language(s) of work
Italian
Product format
Complete edition, Score, Urtext edition
Binding
Linen
Pages / Format
XLVIII, 165 S. - 33,0 x 26,1 cm
In 1734 Handel provided the pasticcio “ Oreste ” for his third operatic enterprise which, following the bankruptcy of the Royal Academy and its successor academy, felt threatened by competition from the newly-founded Opera of the Nobility. Hence, the composer did not compile the work from favourite movements from his own and other composer's pieces as was usual at that time; rather in “ Oreste ” he presented a selection of the most beautiful arias and ensembles exclusively from his own operas. In addition, he expanded the ballet and choral scenes which he thought would make a great impact after the move into the newly built Covent Garden Theatre.
As most of the singers in his Italian company had been enticed away by the competition, Handel increasingly began to engage English virtuosi. He probably even worked on the new version of the libretto himself in order to place the new stars in the limelight to the best effect.

The new vocal score is based on Volume 1 of the Supplement to Series II of the “Halle Handel” Edition edited by Bernd Baselt .

Short text:
Handel did not compile the work from favourite movements from his own and other composer's pieces as was usual at that time; rather in Oreste he presented a selection of the most beautiful arias and ensembles exclusively from his own operas. In addition, he expanded the ballet and choral scenes which he thought would make a great impact after the move into the newly built Covent Garden Theatre.

  • Based on the Urtext of the “Halle Handel” Edition
  • Original Italian text with singing German translation
  • Figured bass realisation and editorial additions in cue-sized notes
  • Detailed foreword (Ger/Eng)
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