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Giovanni Pergolesi

Born: 1710. Died: 1736. Lived in: Italy

Giovanni Battista Draghi often referred to as Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, was an Italian Baroque composer, violinist, and organist. His best-known works include his Stabat Mater and the opera La serva padrona (The Maid Turned Mistress). His compositions include operas and sacred music. He died of tuberculosis at the age of 26.

Pergolesi was one of the most important early composers of opera buffa (comic opera). His opera seria, Il prigionier superbo, contained the two-act buffa intermezzo, La serva padrona (The Servant Mistress, 28 August 1733), which became a very popular work in its own right. When it was performed in Paris in 1752, it prompted the so-called Querelle des Bouffons ("quarrel of the comic actors") between supporters of serious French opera by the likes of Jean-Baptiste Lully and Jean-Philippe Rameau and supporters of new Italian comic opera. Pergolesi was held up as a model of the Italian style during this quarrel, which divided Paris's musical community for two years.


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Giovanni Pergolesi : Stabat Mater : SATB : Songbook : 884088426613 : 0853608113 : 14025374

Giovanni Pergolesi : Stabat Mater

Shortly before his death, Giovanni Pergolesi moved to the Franciscan monastery in Pozzuoli, where he composed his last works. Among these is his Stabat Mater which reveals the infusion, into church composition, of the operatic style. Pergolesi's grand work features a lively declamation of the text and great melodic appeal and expressiveness. Underlying everything is the contrapuntal background that was expected in music composed for the church at this time. The original version was for two soloists and small ensemble; this version has been arranged by Desmond Ratcliffe to include SATB chorus, organ and strings - but here the accompaniment is replaced by a piano reduction.

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Voicing: SATB | 10867b | Songbook | $9.95

Giovanni Pergolesi : Le Fenice sul Rogo : Vocal Score : Songbook : 888680604738 : 8875929777 : 50600414

Giovanni Pergolesi : Le Fenice sul Rogo

The oratorio La Fenice sul rogo ovvero la morte di San Giuseppe can rightly be considered the debut of Pergolesi's career as a composer: composed in the early months of 1731 the oratorio was commissioned by the Congregazione di San Giuseppe located by the Oratorio dei Filippini in Naples. Edition realized with criteria of philological rigor, based as the main source on the autograph score and on the manuscript copies still preserved. The volume includes: historical introduction; detailed description of all the sources considered; commentary with critical notes and information related to specific problems of performance practice.

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Voicing: Vocal Score | 10928b | Songbook | $18.00

Giovanni Pergolesi : Messa in Re Maggiore : Vocal Score : Songbook : 888680630430 : 887592998X : 50600554

Giovanni Pergolesi : Messa in Re Maggiore

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Voicing: Vocal Score | 10929b | Songbook | $21.95

Giovanni Pergolesi : Il Flaminio : Vocal Score : Songbook : 840126928716 : 8881920662 : 50603503

Giovanni 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 -- notwithstanding the quickened pace of the disease that would soon bring his brief life to a close -- 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 includes a historical Introduction, a description of all the sources considered and a Commentary with critical notes and information related to specific problems of performance practice.

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Voicing: Vocal Score | 10930b | Songbook | $39.95

Giovanni Pergolesi : La Serva Padrona (The Maid Mistress), An Intermezzo Opera in Two Acts : Solo : Vocal Score : 029156154405  : 00-K06374

Giovanni Pergolesi : La Serva Padrona (The Maid Mistress), An Intermezzo Opera in Two Acts

An Opera Score composed by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi.

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Voicing: Solo | 10944b | Vocal Score | $10.95

Giovanni Pergolesi : Stabat Mater : SA : Songbook : 029156067897  : 00-K06375

Giovanni Pergolesi : Stabat Mater

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710-1736) lived only 26 years before dying of tuberculosis, and in the final year of his life wrote his best known sacred work, the "Stabat Mater," for male soprano, male alto, treble chorus, string orchestra and basso continuo. This is the choral score of the work, with Latin text, and with piano accompaniment. 40 pages.

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Voicing: SA | 10945b | Songbook | $7.95

Giovanni Pergolesi : Magnificat : SATB : Songbook : 029156184921  : 00-K06376

Giovanni Pergolesi : Magnificat

The authorship of this work is sometimes attributed to (or shared with) Pergolesiis teacher, Francesco Durante. There are editorial notes included by Clayton Westermann. The Latin text also has an English translation directly underneath, in italics, and the voices are written out on separate staves over a piano reduction of the orchestral part. Includes: Magnificat * Et Misericordia * Deposuit * Suscepit Israel * Sicut Locutus Est * Sicut Erat in Principio.

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Voicing: SATB | 10946b | Songbook | $10.95

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Alleluia! Jubilate! : 2-Part : Patrick Liebergen : Songbook : 08552147 : 884088326036

Patrick Liebergen : Alleluia! Jubilate!

This chorus from a Pergolesi opera will highlight the performance of any treble choir. With an uplifting original text Alleluia. O, be joyful, this arrangement offers an introduction into light and stylistic classical singing. Available separately: 2-Part, VoiceTrax CD. Duration: ca. 1:30.

Arranger: Patrick Liebergen

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Voicing: 2-Part | Sheet Music | $2.10 | With Piano |
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| 08552147 | Voicetrax CD Available

Hallelujah Amen : SATB : Giovanni Pergolesi : Sheet Music : 312-40755 : 680160043576

Giovanni Pergolesi : Hallelujah Amen

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.75 |
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| 312-40755

Pergolesi Suite : 2-Part : Doreen Rao : Sheet Music : 48004463 : 073999651478

Doreen Rao : Pergolesi Suite

The Pergolesi Suite is formed from the two final movements of Pergolesi's popular Stabat Mater, composed in 1736 just before the composer's death. The expressive vocal writing is operatic in style and requires a dramatically operatic interpretation.

Arranger: Doreen Rao

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Voicing: 2-Part | Sheet Music | $2.75 | With Piano |
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| 48004463

Stabat Mater Dolorosa : SA : Giovanni Pergolesi : Sheet Music : 50600313 : 888680077143 : 1495028801

Giovanni Pergolesi : Stabat Mater Dolorosa

The first movement of the Pergolesi Stabat Mater with long descending lines, suspensions and ornamentation will help build Baroque performance practice and vocal skills.

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Voicing: SA | Sheet Music | $1.95 |
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| 50600313

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