Paris: A. Durand & Fils [PN D. & F. 6106], . Small folio. Quarter mid-tan calf with marbled boards, manuscript title label to spine. 1f. (blank), 1f. (title printed in black and green), 1f. (publisher's statement), 25 pp. music.
With an autograph inscription signed to lower portion of publisher's statement on the second preliminary leaf: "à mon tres cher A. Messager ton vieux dévoué Claude Debussy, Oct 1902."
Slightly worn and browned; minor offsetting of inscription to verso of title.
First trade edition. Lesure 62.
An early work, exhibiting strong influences of Wagner and Chabrier, La Damoiselle Elue was completed after the composer's return to Paris from Rome in 1887 and first performed at the Sociéte Nationale de Musique on April 8, 1893.
André Messager (1853-1929) was a noted French composer, conductor, music critic, and friend of Fauré and Debussy. He received his formal musical training at the Ecole Niedermeyer, and took lessons with Saint-Saëns. Although he was best-known for his stage works, Messager composed in a number of other genres as well. He conducted the first performance of Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande at the Opéra-Comique in 1902. Item #23067
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