National Edition of Giovanni Battista Pergolesi’s Works

Since 2002 the Pergolesi Spontini Foundation, roading already outlined by Francesco Degrada greatest studious of Pergolesi’works recognized that worldwide, has conceived an impressive program that, in addition to annual revival of Pergolesi’s works at the Festival – through new revisions critical where necessary – contemplates, among other things, the launch of the National Edition of the opera omnia of certain attribution. This initiative aims to return the entire corpus of his musical works, in critical editions that meet both the needs of the studious who approaches the score with the aims of modern scientific research, and to those of the performer who wants to revive the Pergolesi’s works using proper performance practice.

A critical edition of all the works by Pergolesi, reliable and prepared with rigorous scientific criteria, it is more necessary than ever: it’s because too often have been attributed to Pergolesi compositions by other authors, and because it is still small number of his compositions authentic currently available.

The Pergolesi Spontini Foundation has obtained, therefore, the establishment of the National Edition of the Works of Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, with the Decree of the Ministry of Heritage and Culture of 9 June 2009, in accordance with procedures specified by the Law of 1 December 1997 n .420 and the Circular 10 April 2006 n.84.

The editorial plan is divided into 20 volumes of over 3000 pages and 1500 score of critical equipment including the theatrical works, sacred, vocal, instrumental and didactic by Pergolesi, along with a thematic catalog and a book dedicated to the booklets of dramatic works and other literary texts used by the composer.

Each volume of National edition will include, in addition to text musical score, a historical introduction in Italian and English, the description of the sources used and the special problems publishing, the critical comment to the score, the facsimile reproduction of pages of the original sources , optional appendices.

In June 2011, moreover, it was successfully concluded negotiations between the National Edition, the Pergolesi Spontini Foundation and Casa Ricordi for the publication of the entire opera omnia of the composer from Jesi.

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