Nicola Ceva | Trionfo per l’Assunzione della Santissima Vergine

Nicola CEVA (Napoli ?-?) Oratorio for  four voices with violins (1705) 
Edited by Anthony R. DelDonna
LIM Editore, Lucca

Fondazione Arcadia Collection, Italian Music from the Eighteenth Century
in collaboration with Società Italiana di Musicologia.

Scientific Committee: 
Bianca Maria Antolini, Alberto Basso, Mariateresa Dellaborra, Teresa Gialdroni,
Friedrich Lippmann, Guido Salvetti, Agostino Ziino



The volume contains a descriptive edition of the Eighteenth century Oratorio Trionfo dell’Assunzione della Santissima Vergine by Neapolitan composer Nicola Ceva. Composed in 1705 in the Jesuit context of the Collegio dei Nobili (collegiate of noblemen) of Naples, it was written to celebrate the festivity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The autograph manuscript on which the critical edition was based is conserved at the library of the Conservatory of San Pietro a Majella and it represents the only remaining copy of the oratorio. The introduction comment presents a summary of the cultural an religious context in which the composition of the Ceva oratorio flourished, and of the cult of the Virgin Mary together with some biographical accounts about the composer.

The layout work of the edition and the general structural view of the oratorio are documented in the critical apparatus section.

Anthony R. DelDonna is a specialist of XVIII century music and in particular, of Neapolitan music, of its musicians and its culture. He achieved a Doctorate in History of Music “with honor” at the Catholic University of America (1998). His research focused at first on opera repertoire, on archive research, performance practices and ballet. He published essays in Eighteenth-Century Studies, Early Music, Eighteenth-Century Music, Recercare, Studi Musicali, Civiltà musicale and also in scholastic texts dedicated to the XVIII century. He is co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to 18th century Opera (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009) and is editor of Genre and Music in the 18th century (Ann Arbor: Steglein Press, 2008).

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