Milano: G. Ricordi & C. [PN 113300], . Quarto. Full red textured cloth with gilt titling to spine. 1f. (photographic portrait), 1f. (title), 1f. (cast and index), 2ff., 338 pp.
Minor foxing to margins of frontispiece; title and last leaf browned; previous owner's name to front pastedown.
First Edition of the fourth version. Hopkinson 6D.
"La fanciulla del West is a remarkable instance of self-renewal on the part of a composer who would seem to have exhausted a vein in which feminine softness predominates. The opera’s atmosphere is unyieldingly masculine, at times brutal, the harmonies more astringent than ever before with plentiful use of whole-tone chords and unresolved dissonances, the rhythms vigorous, sometimes syncopated and the lyrical moments comparatively few. The influence of Debussy and the Richard Strauss of Salome is clear, though, as always, perfectly integrated within the composer’s personal style... Orchestrally La fanciulla del West is Puccini’s most ambitious undertaking before Turandot." Gabriella Biagi Ravenni and Michele Girardi in Grove Music Online. Item #21074
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