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Contemporary account of the visit by Austrian royal family to Schloss Hof near Vienna in September 1754

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MS. Eng. c. 7963, fols. 72-77
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The account describes in detail the festivities marking the visit of the Austrian royal family to Schloss Hof an der March near Vienna in 1754. The events that took place between 23 and 26 September included the premiere of the opera Le Cinesi ( The Chinese Ladies) composed by Christoph Willibald Gluck and considered a metaopera (an opera about opera). The account offers an eyewitness's perspective and reports the royal family's reactions to the special events.


  • Creation: 1754


6 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • German

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Oxford, Bodleian Library [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. c. 7963, fol. 72].

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MS. Eng. c. 7963, fols. 72-77

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 9510


A contemporary account of the festivities surrounding the visit of the Austrian royal family to Schloss Hoff in September 1754 and including the first performance of Gluck's opera Le Cinesi.

Biographical/Historical note

Christoph Willibald Ritter von Gluck (1714-87) was a Bohemian-Austrian composer of operas, credited with the 18th-century reform of the genre. For details of his life and work see Oxford Music Online. La cinesi was Gluck's first comic opera set to the libretto by Pietro Metastasio and reflecting European 18th-century chinoiserie. It was comissioned by the imperial field marshal Joseph Friedrich, Prince of Saxe-Hildburghausen and premiered at his residency Schloss Hof on 24 September 1754.

There are only two other known accounts of the premier of Gluck's setting, that in Count Ditters von Dittersdorf’s autobiography, and a very full report on the festivities in the Wienerisches Diarium. The present account, dated 29 September 1754, precedes them both.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Purchased from Eckhard Kaulbarsch, January 2014.

Record for a contemporary account of the first performance of Gluck's opera 'Le Cinesi' in Vienna in 1754 CMD ID 9510
Finding aid prepared by Margaret Czepiel
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