Berlin: Adolph Fürstner [PN A.5654F.], [ca. 1908]. Folio. Original publisher's full gray cloth. [i] (title), [ii] (blank), [iii] ("Dramatis Personae"), [iv] (blank), -250 pp. Text in German. With illustration by Lovis Corinth to page .
Binding worn, rubbed and shaken.
First Edition, early issue (without the additional plate numbers to foot of page  and also without the statement "Auffügrungsrecht vorbehalten" to foot of page ). Trenner 223. Mueller von Asow p. 409.
First performed on January 25, 1909 at the Königlichen Opernhaus in Dresden under Ernst von Schuch.
"[Elektra]... marked the beginning of [Strauss's] artistic association with Hugo von Hofmannsthal, whom he had first met in Berlin in 1899. Having seen Reinhardt's riveting production of Hofmannsthal's Elektra in the autumn of 1905, Strauss was convinced the play would make a compelling opera. Not entirely sure he should compose consecutive tragedies, he nonetheless gave in to Hofmannsthal's pleading and vigorously began composing Elektra in the summer of 1906. As he had with Oscar Wilde's Salome, he set the play to music, which was finished in 1908 and given its première in 1909 as part of a Strauss opera festival in Dresden... Elektra failed to outshine her flashier sister, but confirmed Strauss's pre-eminence among German opera composers." Bryan Gilliam in Grove Music Online. Item #21175
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