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Newly Digitized: Cherubini and von Winter

In this overview of recently digitized materials, we add vocal scores by Luigi Cherubini and Peter von Winter to the works already in our collection of Digital Scores and Libretti. They belong to the Ruth Neils and John M. Ward Collection of Opera Scores, a set of over 8000 scores begun by the conductor Jean-Marie Martin, expanded by collector and book dealer Bernard Peyrotte, and now held at the Music Library and the Harvard Theatre Collection1.

Luigi Cherubini, 1760-1842

Whether the peril is an avalanche (Eliza), an importunate lover-turned-kidnapper (Faniska), a burning castle (Lodoïska AND Faniska), or the smaller spectacles of simple human jealousy and ambition, Cherubini can be relied upon for operas full of high drama. See our earlier digitization posts for links to other editions of these operas (both full and vocal scores), as well as a number of others.

Luigi Cherubini, Overture, Faniska. Merritt Room Mus 637.1.618.5

Luigi Cherubini, Overture, Faniska. Merritt Room Mus 637.1.618.5

  • [Deux journées. Vocal score. German & French]. Les Deux journées = Der Wasserträger: auch unter den namen, Graf Armand, oder Die beiden gefahrvollen Tage: ein Singspiel in drey Aufzügen / von Cherubini; Klavierauszug. Neue Ausgabe. Leipzig: Breitkopf und Härtel, [1818?]. Merritt Room Mus 637.1.618.5
  • [Faniska. Vocal score. German & Italian]. Faniska: (italienisch und deutsch): eine Oper in drei Akten / von Cherubini; im Klavierauszug von Bierey. Leipzig: Breitkopf & Härtel, [1806?]. RISM A/I, CC 2028,I,234. Merritt Room Mus 637.1.618.5

Peter von Winter, 1754-1825
One of four operas that Peter von Winter, Munich’s Kapellmeister, wrote for the King’s Theatre during his stay in London from 1803-1805. Unlike the tragédies lyriques Winter composed for Paris, these works, all with libretti by Da Ponte, were considered successes. Grotta di Calipso was revived in Munich in 1807, as Calypso, and received a lengthy review in the Allgemeine musikalische Zeitung.2

Peter von Winter, Title page, Grotta di Calipso. Merritt Room Mus 637.1.618.5

Peter von Winter, Title page, Grotta di Calipso. Merritt Room Mus 637.1.618.5

  • [Grotta di Calipso. Vocal score. German & Italian]. Calipso: dramma per musica in due atti = Calypso / dal Sigr. P. Winter; im Klavierauszuge vom Musikdir. M.G. Fischer. Leipzig: Breitkopf und Härtel, [1809?].
    RISM A/I, W 1296. Merritt Room Mus 637.1.618.5

-Kerry Masteller

1. The collection includes scores in both the Loeb Music Library and the Harvard Theatre Collection. HOLLIS search results for catalogued scores in each library: Ruth Neils and John M. Ward Collection of Opera Scores (Loeb Music Library) and John Milton and Ruth Neils Ward Collection (Harvard Theatre Collection). Many thanks to Andrea Cawelti and Christina Linklater, for their help in constructing the correct search for scores from the Harvard Theatre Collection.

2. [Review], Allgemeine musikalische Zeitung 9 (1 January 1807): 560-563,

Newly Digitized: Cherubini’s Eliza

Yes, even New England has heat waves. The mercury here in Cambridge has dropped to more typical (and bearable) summer temperatures, but I still can’t resist defying the season by showcasing these two recently-digitized scores of Luigi Cherubini’s opera Eliza, ou, Le voyage aux glaciers du Mont St. Bernard.

Composed in 1793, Eliza received its first performance – after revisions by government censors – at the Théâtre Feydeau in Paris on December 13, 1794. The theatre’s productions were known for their scenery and stage effects, such as the castle destroyed in the third act of Cherubini’s hit Lodoïska. While the opera’s Alpine setting has obvious potential for spectacle, Eliza‘s plot is distinguished by librettist Jacques Antoine Révéroni Saint-Cyr’s use of the landscape itself, rather than the human dangers posed by violent conflict, as the final peril triumphantly overcome by the lovers Eliza and Florindo (with the assistance, naturally, of the friars of the hospice of Saint Bernard).1

Luigi Cherubini. Eliza, p. 107. Merritt Room Mus 637.1.618.5 Luigi Cherubini. Eliza, p. 108. Merritt Room Mus 637.1.618.5
The avalanche descends: Luigi Cherubini, Eliza, p. 107-108. Merritt Room Mus 637.1.618.5 (click images to enlarge)

  • [Eliza]. Eliza, ou, Le voyage aux glaciers du Mont St. Bernard: opera en deux actes / par Saint Cyr; mis en musique par Cherubini et representé au Théatre de la rue Faydeau le 13. décembre 1794. A Paris: A l’Imprimerie du Conservatoire, Faux-bourg [sic] Poissonnière, au coin de la rue Bergere, [1795?].
    RISM A/I, CC 2028 I,201
    Merritt Mus 637.1.618

    A full score with French words, including the dialogue.

  • [Eliza. Vocal score. German & French]. Elise oder Die Reise auf den S. Bernardsberg. ein Singspiel in drey Akten in Musik gesezt [sic] / von Cherubini; im Klavierauszuge von G.B. Bierey. Leipzig: Breitkopf und Härtel, [1795?].
    Merritt Mus 637.1.618.5

    A vocal score with German and French words.

As always, find these and other scores in our collection of Digital Scores and Libretti.

-Kerry Masteller

1. On Cherubini’s musical representation of the Alps, see Michael Fend, “Literary Motifs, Musical Form and the Quest for the ‘Sublime’: Cherubini’s ‘Eliza ou le Voyage aux glaciers du Mont St Bernard’,” Cambridge Opera Journal, vol. 5, no. 1 (Mar., 1993): 17-38. Stable URL:

For transcriptions of Cherubini’s correspondence regarding the composition of Eliza, see Stephen Charles Willis, “Luigi Cherubini: a study of his life and dramatic music, 1795-1815” (Ph.D. diss., Columbia University, 1975),|library/m/aleph|008015816 (HOLLIS record).

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