Wien: Artaria und Comp.ie [PNs 2327-23-43], . 2 volumes. Oblong folio. Contemporary red paper boards with dark green oval leather labels with decorative floral ornaments and titling gilt to uppers, dark green leather title labels to spines. Preserved in a custom made dark red silk clam shell box lined in dark green felt. Leather title label to spine.
Volume I: 2ff. (title, dedication to Prince Rudolph of Austria), 8, 10, 5 + [i] (blank), 5 + [i] (blank), 5 + [i] (blank), 15 + [i] (blank), 1 + [i] (blank), 8, 8, 8, 1f. (blank), 35; Volume II: 1f. (title to second act), 8, 8, 9 + [i] (blank), 13 + [i] (blank), 7 + [i] (blank), 36 pp. Engraved throughout.
Somewhat worn, rubbed and bumped; heads and tails of spines worn with some paper loss. Some minor foxing, staining and offsetting; minor worming to several leaves of Volume II; small stitching holes to inner blank margins. Without blank leaves; presentation inscription to front free endpaper dated Winter 1912/1913; some early annotations to endpapers.
A good, wide-margined copy.
First Edition, first issue of the third and final version. Rare. Kinsky/Halm pp. 183-184. Dorfmüller p. 322. Hirsch IV, 318. Fuld p. 326. Hoboken 2, 319. Title without price, "Aufzugen" in second line without umlaut, "Comp.ie" in imprint, and the letter "E" to lower left corner of title. With additional title-page to second act.
This version of the opera Fidelio/Leonore, with revised libretto by Treitschke, was first performed on May 23rd 1814 at the K.K. Theater in Vienna.
"Fidelio slumbered till the beginning of 1814, when Beethoven, to his evident surprise, learned that three singers wished to revive it at the Kärntnertor for their benefit. He agreed on condition that he was permitted to make changes. This time the revision of the libretto was entrusted (with Sonnleithner's permission) to Treitschke, an experienced man of the theatre. Beethoven worked at the score from March until 15 May. He found it an arduous task: 'I could compose something new far more quickly than patch up the old... I have to think out the entire work again... this opera will win for me a martyr's crown' (to Treitschke, April). The new overture was not ready in time for the first performance (23 May) [at the Kärntnertor Theatre in Vienna], when that to The Ruins of Athens was substituted. It made its début on the second night (26 May)... The conductor was Ignaz Umlauf. The seventh performance on 18 July was for Beethoven's benefit; his advertisement stated that 'two new pieces have been added'. From this revival, followed on 21 November by Weber's production in Prague, the success of the opera was assured." Dean: Beethoven and Opera in The Beethoven Reader, p. 340. Item #22415
Price: $12,500.00 other currencies