Berlin: Adolph Fürstner [PN A. 7903 F.], ©1928.
Folio. Quarter vellum with dark gray paper boards, titling gilt to upper, original illustrated upper wrapper bound in. 336 pp.
Binding somewhat worn, rubbed and bumped. Occasional spotting.
First Edition, variant issue. Trenner TrV. 255. Mueller von Asow, p. 821. Without dedication leaf.
Die Ägyptische Helena, an opera in 2 acts to a libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal, was first performed at the Dresden Staatsoper, 6 June 1928, with Fritz Busch conducting.
"Strauss’s score is loyally inventive. The ‘thematic transformations’ are endless, the orchestral pictures fresh, the pace well varied. If the musical tagging of every dramatic element sounds like period routine, the opera has a saving lyrical grace: more relaxed and fluid than either his preceding Hofmannsthal opera, Die Frau ohne Schatten, or the more recent Intermezzo to his own text." David Murray in Grove Music Online.
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