Saturday, October 22, 2011

THE CRONACA DI PARTENOPE

Narrating the history of Naples from its foundation in early antiquity to the year 1343, the Cronaca di Partenope was the first chronologically comprehensive history of the city and one of the earliest works of any genre composed in the Neapolitan vernacular. Drawing on earlier-medieval texts and a healthy dose of legend, it is a prime witness to Neapolitan identity and memory in the later Middle Ages and an important example of southern Italian civic historiography. This volume offers the first critical edition of the text, accompanied by an extensive introduction that establishes its author, date, historical context, source materials, and later fortunes, including its significant influence on the subsequent development of local historiography.

Monday, October 10, 2011

NEAPOLITAN PASTORAL

Aci, Galatea & PolifemoSerenata a 3,1708: Neapolitan Pastoral at its most perfect.
A "Serenata a tre" for a ceremony, Aci, Galatea e Polifemo belongs, in fact, to the genre of the Baroque pastoral. It is a little one-act opera typical of the early 18th century Neapolitan musical theatre. In this field the young Handel, newly arrived from his native Saxony, proved himself to be a perfect genius: "dazzling orchestral effects, beribboned trumpets, bravura arias, all is a sheer delight to the ear" (J.F. Labie). Eight years before its English counterpart (Acis and Galatea) this one was already a triumph!