I  have published the first of a series of monographs featuring some aspect of Reggio's works
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‘Concertini per Quattro Voci’
- Eighteenth Century Arias for Four Voices.
Since first discovering Reggio’s name and his subsequent works early in 2000 more and more information has been amassed, and from this acquired knowledge has emerged some interesting works. One of which is the subject of this short monograph.
     Reggio has been mentioned as a musician by Dr Charles Burney during his journey to Rome in 1770 and a later  by the poet and writer Giovanni Gherado De Rossi, in 1807. We are fortunate, however, that Reggio himself left many clues in his own manuscripts.
    Antonino Reggio has been described by his contemporaries as ‘a man of great intellect, erudite, and very deep in music, eminent for his skill in the art, and learning in the science of sound’. 
          This short monograph highlights one of Reggio’s works, a manuscript containing twenty quartets set for three sopranos and contralto.
       An unusual feature of this work is its form and setting. It consists of quartet settings of duets from the works of Pietro Metastasio, one of the foremost librettists of ‘Opera Seria’of the eighteenth century . The work is unusually set for three sopranos and a contralto in the ‘duetto notturno’ style. The style was thought to be introduced in the later eighteenth century (1770) but this work shows that it was a style used at least a decade earlier.
      The current work outlines the history of the three manuscripts and looks at them in the light of the ‘duetto notturno’ style. There is a detailed section on the original Metastasio texts, together with a comprehensive bibliography.
             It is planned to be a companion to the forthcoming critical performance edition, in preparation by the current author. Also it is a prelude to a more comprehensive biography of Reggio currently in preparation.


Issue 3 25/03/11