O, del mio dolce ardor (Gluck)
Scored for solo voice and an orchestra comprised of flute, oboe, clarinet (in B-flat), bassoon + 2 horns (in F) + violins I, violins II, violas, cellos, and double basses.
Movements and Duration
There is one movement: Lento e maestoso (D minor, 47 bars), lasting around 3 minutes in performance.
The Italian libretto was written by Ranieri de' Calzabigi (1714–1795).
The orchestration of the aria was made by Tchaikovsky, evidently, at the request of Nikolay Rubinstein, for a symphony concert of the Russian Musical Society in which it was to be played. The manuscript is dated 29 October/10 November 1870.
The arrangement was published for the first time in 1970 in volume 59 of Tchaikovsky's Complete Collected Works, edited by Irina Iordan.
"O del mio dolce" (also known as "O salutaris") comes from Paride's Aria in Act I (No. 1) of the opera Paride ed Elena (Paris and Helen) by Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714–1787), which was premiered in Vienna in 1770.
Notes and References
- See Alessandro Stradella (1639–1682): A thematic catalogue of his compositions (Stuyvesant, New York Pendragon Press, 1991), p. 267; also Aleksandr Komarov, (2012).