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Rinaldo. 1711. Selections: MU.MS.254

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Rinaldo. 1711. Selections
[Rinaldo] [manuscript] : [sections from the autograph score], [and] ; Aria del opera Rinaldo, Molto voglio / [George Frideric Handel]


Composer: Handel, George Frideric
Hill, Aaron.
Librettist: Rossi, Giacomo,
Conservator: Cockerell Bindery



Italian libretto by Giacomo Rossi after a scenario by Aaron Hill.
8 complete fascicles from the holograph score of the first version of the opera Rinaldo (HWV 7a), complementing GB Lbl R.M.20.c.3. With an additional leaf (p. 71) of a keyboard arrangement of the aria "Molto voglio" (HWV 7a, no. 10 / HWV 482¹).
Holograph in ink.
p. 1-16 are numbered fascicles [1]-2 of Act 1 of the holograph score, and fit between f. 4-5 of GB Lbl R.M.20.c.3 ; p. 17-44 are fascicles 3-4 of Act 2, and fit between f. 34-35 of R.M. 20.c.3 ; p. 45-54 is fascicle 6 of Act 2, and follows R.M. 20.c.3 f. 36 ; fascicle 7 of Act II and fascicle 1 of Act III are missing ; p. 55-70 are numbered fascicles 2-3 of Act 3 and are followed by R.M. 20.c.3 f. 37.
Page 47 is an additional leaf with 5 bars to replace the first bar of the aria starting on p. 46 (originally attached over the first bar of p. 46).
Watermark p. 1-16: Fleur de lis over Strasbourg bend; countermark: "CDG" (Burrows D10)
Watermark p. 17-44, 47-48: "LVG" below fleur de lis over Strasbourg bend; countermark: "IV" (Burrows C10)
Watermark p. 45-46, 49-70: Fleur de lis over Strasbourg bend; countermark: "CDG" (Burrows D20)
Watermark p. 71-72: "LVG" below fleur de lis over Strasbourg bend; countermark: "IV" (Burrows C20)
Former classmark: 30.H.8.
From the Fitzwilliam collection of Handel autographs acquired in 1799.
Conserved, remounted, and rebound in quarter leather with marbled paper sides in 1978 by the Cockerell Bindery; the 1890's bindings have been retained.
[1, p. 1-16] Atto 1, Sc. 1 : [recitatives and arias "Sovra balze scoscesi", "Combati da forte", "Ogni indugio" (HWV 7a, no. 1-3, the last incomplete)] -- [2, p. 17-20, 25-44] [Atto II, scena 3 to Scena 5, recitatives and arias, "Il vostro maggio", "Il Tricerbero", "Mio cor, che mi sai dir?", "Lascia ch'io pianga", "Basta che sol ti chieda", "Fermata / Non crudel!" (HWV 7a, nos. 19-24, the last incomplete)] -- [3, p. 21-24, insertion into recitative on p. 25] "Scorta rea di cieco Amore" [aria for S (Eustazio), HWV 7a Anhang Atto II Scena III] -- [4, p. 45-54] [Atto II, scena 8 to] scena 10 : [recitatives and arias, "[Dunque i lacci]", "Ah crudel il piano mio" (HWV 7a nos. 26-27, the first incomplete)] -- [5, p. 55-70] [Atto III, scena 2 to scena 6] : [recitatives, aria "É un incendio fra due venti" (HWV 7a no. 31), and March (HWV 7a Anhang, Scena VI)]

Measurements and weight

1 score (72 p.) ; 24 x 29 cm.

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1816) by Fitzwilliam, Richard, 7th Viscount


Production date: AD 1711 : [England],[1711]

Identification numbers

Accession number: MU.MS.254
Primary reference Number: 278764
ALMA control 001: 994621883803606
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Created: Tuesday 15 December 2020 Updated: Monday 11 October 2021 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Manuscripts and Printed Books

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