Johann Sigismund Kusser, Adonis

Owens, Samantha Johann Sigismund Kusser, Adonis. Edited by Samantha Owens Middleton, WI, United States: A-R Editions, 2009.

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Author Owens, Samantha
Title Johann Sigismund Kusser, Adonis
Place of Publication Middleton, WI, United States
Publisher A-R Editions
Publication year 2009
Sub-type Research book (original research)
Open Access Status
Volume 154
Series Recent Researches in the Music of the Baroque Era
ISBN 9780895796509
ISSN 0484-0828
Language eng
Editor Samantha Owens
Total number of pages 280
Collection year 2010
Subjects 190409 Musicology and Ethnomusicology
9505 Understanding Past Societies
Abstract/Summary The Wuerttembergische Landesbibliothek holds a rare treasure from the early history of German-language opera. Rediscovered in 2005, the manuscript performance materials for ‘Adonis’ can be explicitly linked to a series of dramatic entertainments produced at the Wuerttemberg court in Stuttgart between 1698-1702, under the musical direction of Johann Sigismund Kusser (1660-1727). Attribution of the opera to Kusser is based on evidence from the composer’s own commonplace book and on concordances between two of the dances in ‘Adonis’ and movements from Kusser’s published orchestral suites. The ‘Adonis’ manuscripts are of tremendous importance for the study of historical performance practice, since as a full set of instrumental parts for early German-language opera they appear to be unique. Scored for a five-part oboe band, four-part string ensemble, and continuo, the individual parts, which are labelled with the original instrumentalists’ names, feature frequent performance annotations (including many in Kusser’s hand), making this edition of broad appeal to both scholars and performers alike.
Keyword Adonis
German Baroque Opera
Performance Practice
Q-Index Code A1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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