Haydn: L'isola disabitata, Hob.XXVIII:9

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  • Composer: Joseph Haydn
  • Format: Vocal Score
  • Instrumentation (this edition): Piano Reduction, Voice
  • Originally for: Opera
  • Work: L'isola disabitata, Hob.XXVIII:9
  • Work Languages: German, Italian
  • ISMN: 9790006537839
  • Size: 7.5 x 10.6 inches
  • Pages: 176
  • Urtext / Critical Edition


Of Haydn's numerous operas, only " L'isola disabitata " (The Deserted Island) has a libretto by Pietro Metastasio . The plot recedes into the background in favour of the fine psychological interpretation of the feelings of the four protagonists. There are no more secco recitatives; instead the arias and ensembles and the commenting scenes with their emotionally-laden orchestral accompaniment are merged together in greater unities. The gloomy tone colors of the overture and the experimental form show the short, 90-minute chamber opera – called an "operetta" by Haydn himself – in a striking distance from Italian Baroque opera, perceptible even now.

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