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  • Haydn’s Arianna a Naxos and the Search for an Affective Practice

    Mark Tatlow

    Chapter from the book: Schneider M. & Wagner M. 2023. Performing the Eighteenth Century: Theatrical Discourses, Practices, and Artefacts.

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    This chapter traces the early performance history of Haydn’s 1789 dramatic cantata Arianna a Naxos. The cantata was sung in Vienna by Marianne von Genzinger’s teenage daughter Josepha, in London by the great castrato Gasparo Pacchierotti, in Venice (to a sacred Latin text) by Bianca Sacchetti, and in Eisenstadt by Emma Hamilton, among others. The catalogue of differences exhibited by these early singers demonstrates the huge flexibility of late eighteenth-century vocal performance. This could well be emulated today, the author argues, enabling singers and instrumentalists to adopt an affective practice that ‘tunes’ their performances to our own time.

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    Tatlow, M. 2023. Haydn’s Arianna a Naxos and the Search for an Affective Practice. In: Schneider M. & Wagner M (eds.), Performing the Eighteenth Century. Stockholm: Stockholm University Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.16993/bce.f

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    Published on June 20, 2023


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