Artaria Editions was founded in 1995 to bring the music of the Viennese eighteenth century back to life. The beautiful and fascinating repertoire from the age of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven enlarges our concept of the period and performers will welcome these new ideas from the Classical era that will appeal to audiences looking for something new but familiar.
Artaria's publications are changing fundamental perceptions about music of the late eighteenth century, particularly due to our work with Naxos, the world's leading classical music label. For the first time in centuries, it is possible to read the score and hear the music that influenced the greatest composers of the era. From being relegated to the footnotes of music history, music by composers such as Beck, Dussek, Hofmann, and Wanhal is now returning to the air. Performances of Artaria editions increase yearly.
Leading Classical scholars have prepared practical editions of the most important works of the era and you can purchase scores, parts, and recordings from this website.
Shield, William (1748-1829)
Edited by Robert Hoskins, orchestrated by David Vine
When news of the violent death of Captain James Cook finally reached England in January 1780 it created a sensation. Cook’s earlier voyages of discovery had stimulated a huge interest in the exotic world of the Pacific, and Mai, the young Ra’iatean who arrived in London in 1774 with Tobias Furneaux, became one of the most celebrated figures in London during the two years he spent there. At Christmas 1785, several years after Mai’s return to the Society islands and Cook’s death in Hawaii, Covent Garden staged a new pantomime entertainment entitled Omai, or, A Trip Round the World. By celebrating Mai in mimed action and song, this work fed the public fascination with the primitive past – its rituals, artifacts and crafts – while managing to portray the death of Cook with a theatrical sense of symbolism. William Shield’s score was remarkable for including Polynesian instruments which had been brought back to England by Lieutenant James Burney, one of Furneaux’s officers and the son of the distinguished music historian Dr Charles Burney. Although the original orchestral parts have not survived, Robert Hoskins and David Vine have cleverly reconstructed the core of the work from the vocal score along with the closing apotheosis of Captain Cook. The edition is prefaced by a fascinating introduction to the work by Robert Hoskins, the leading authority on William Shield.
Cimarosa, Domenico (1749-1801)
Edited by Allan Badley
Cimarosa's comedy L'Armida Immaginaria (AE269) was commissioned for the Teatro dei Fiorentini in Naples in 1777. Shortly before the work's completion the composer received a second commission for an opera for Teatro Valle in Rome. Pressed for time, Cimarosa reused a large chunk of material from the overture to L'Armida immaginaria in the new work, Il ritorno di Don Calendrino (AE267), safe in the knowledge that the earlier work could not possibly be known yet in Rome. The relationship between the two overtures is extremely interesting for Cimarosa does not simply borrow material but reworks it in many small but significant details. The superiority of the later overture indeed makes the 'original' look like a sketch. Thus, in spite of the historical circumstances, the impression one gains is that the overture to L'Armida Immaginaria was written in greater haste than its sequel. The reuse of the thematic material, therefore, was as much an aesthetic decision as a pragmatic one.
|***Catalogue 2014 now available
Artaria Editions is very pleased to announce the publication of its 2014 catalogue.You can download a copy of our latest version of the catalogue in PDF format by clicking here
New and important additions have been made to a number of series, most notably those devoted to sacred music and chamber music. Artaria has also extended its musical frontiers into the early 19th century with the publication of two magnificent piano concertos by Ferdinand Ries, the first works in a projected edition of the complete works for piano and orchestra. The final two works - The concerto in E-flat, Op.177 and the Introduction et Rondeau brillant, Op.144 will be published by the second quartet of the year. These works will also be available in Study Editions for piano duet.
***Digital Download now available!
Artaria Editions has recently launched an exciting new feature - it is now possible to purchase Full Score for all our titles in PDF format at 25% price reduction of the hard copy price. Parts for Chamber Music items are also available for instant download.
Conductor & flutist Patrick Gallois has recorded four of the flute concertos by François Devienne with Swedish Chamber Orchestra in May 2013. The recording featured 4 Devienne flute concertos to be published. The concertos nos.1 & 2, both in D major, and concertos nos.3 & 4, both in G major. These utterly brilliant flute concertos represent a huge and exciting addition to the classical repertoire.