|Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart KV1 118, KV6 74c|
La Betulia liberataOratorio 1771. Time: 132'00.
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Betulia liberata ("The Liberation of Bethulia") is the title of two oratorios: one by Jommelli, written in 1743; the other by Mozart, written in 1771. The Mozart is better known, if only because the composer's output receives more examination. The Jommelli may be the greater piece, written as it was by a mature hand. Relatively neglected, both works drew attention in 2010 when they were performed side-by-side at the Salzburg Whitsun and Ravenna festivals under the leadership of Riccardo Muti.
Composed in March–July 1771 when Mozart was 15 years old, K. 118 (74c) is a 140-minute "azione sacra" on a text by Pietro Metastasio tracing the story of Judith and Holofernes from the apocryphal Book of Judith. It was commissioned by Giuseppe Ximenes, Prince of Aragon, while Mozart was in Padua, Italy, and is the only oratorio he ever wrote. Its two parts comprise sixteen arias, with solo or choral parts, scored for soloists, choir and orchestra. Not performed in Mozart's lifetime, "Betulia liberata" hews stylistically to works by Leonardo Leo and Johann Hasse.
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