The Operas of Alessandro Scarlatti
Alessandro Scarlatti
edited by Hermine Weigel Williams
general editor Donald Jay Grout
Harvard University Press, 1980
Paper: 978-0-674-64032-0
Library of Congress Classification M1500.S28C2 1980
Dewey Decimal Classification 782.154

This acclaimed edition of Alessandro Scarlatti’s operas is making available authentic versions of the works of one of the key figures in the history of opera. La Caduta (1697) is a pivotal work, bridging the composer’s middle and late stylistic periods. It is the first of several collaborations with the noted librettist Silvio Stampiglia, whose characteristic intermingling of serious and comic elements is particularly effective in this work. In her Introduction, Hermine Williams discusses the opera itself and performance practices. A translation of the libretto is provided.

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