Mainz: B. Schott's Söhnen [PN] 20326, [ca. 1871]. Folio. Contemporary leather-backed textured cloth with decorative titling gilt to upper. 1f. (title),  (cast and list of scenes), 2-299 pp. Lithographed.
Binding considerably worn, spine lacking. Browned; some thumbing. Various musicsellers' ink handstamps to lower margin of title, "Spuller" stamped to upper corner.
First Edition, later issue. Deathridge, Geck and Voss p. 386 (noting that the lithographic printing was most likely done at about the same time or shortly after the initial printing of 400 engraved copies as recorded in the publisher's records).
The third part of "Der Ring des Nibelungen," first performed on August 16, 1876 at the Festspielhaus in Bayreuth to the composer's own libretto.
"The long span of 15 years over which the composition of Siegfried took place accounts for much of the stylistic inconsistency identifiable in the work. Acts 1 and 2 continue the style of Rheingold and Walküre, but with some interesting experiments in formal structure, while Act 3, written after the composition of Tristan and Die Meistersinger, demonstrates a new-found flexibility and maturity. The role of Siegfried, in which the singer is required to dominate the stage for the best part of four hours, culminating in a strenuous final scene with the newly awakened Brünnhilde, is one of the most testing in the tenor repertory." Barry Millington in Grove Music Online. Item #21167
Price: $300.00 other currencies