Musical Borrowing
An Annotated Bibliography

Individual record

[+] Heartz, Daniel. "Haydn's Acide e Galatea and the Imperial Wedding Operas of 1760 by Hasse and Gluck." In Joseph Haydn: Bericht über den Internationalen Joseph Haydn Kongress, Wien, Hofburg, 5.-12. September 1982, ed. Eva Badura-Skoda, 332-40. Munich: G. Henle, 1986.

Haydn's opera Acide e Galatea, composed for the wedding of Prince Esterzahy's son, was inspired by two earlier works, Gluck's Tetide, and Hasse's Alcide al Bivio, both written for the festivities surrounding the wedding of Archduke Joseph. Aware of the immense popularity of the two former works, Haydn felt obliged to create an opera that captured the same dramatic intensity and standard of magnificence. He accomplished this goal by borrowing elements of their musical style. From Alcide al Bivio he borrowed features of the melodic construction, and from Tetie the treatment of dissonance and conjunction of three contrasting ideas within a single number.

Works: Mozart: Entführung aus dem Serail (335), Idomeneo (338); Gluck: L'Invrogne Corrigi (335); Haydn: Neuer krummer Teufel (336), Symphony No. 6 ("Le Matin"), Symphony No. 7 ("Le Midi"), Symphony No. 8 ("Le Soir") (336); Gluck: Diable a Quatre (336).

Index Classifications: 1700s

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