[Op. 58]. Elektra Tragödie in einem Aufzuge von Hugo von Hofmannsthal... Meinen Freunden Natalie und Willy Levin gewidmet... Opus LVIII Klavier-Auszug mit Text von Otto Singer. Preis M 2[5].– netto... [Piano-vocal score]. Richard STRAUSS.

[Op. 58]. Elektra Tragödie in einem Aufzuge von Hugo von Hofmannsthal... Meinen Freunden Natalie und Willy Levin gewidmet... Opus LVIII Klavier-Auszug mit Text von Otto Singer. Preis M 2[5].– netto... [Piano-vocal score]

Berlin: Adolph Fürstner [PN A.5654F], [ca. 1908]. Folio. Quarter dark red cloth with decorative paper boards. [i] (title), [i] (blank), [i] ("Dramatis Personae"), [i] (blank), [5]-250 pp. Photographic transfer from engraved plates. Printer's mark to lower right corner of p. 250: "Stich und Druck von C. G. Röder G.m.b.H., Leipzig." Text in German. With illustration by Lovis Corinth to upper half of page [5].

Annotations (instrumental cues, vertical lines clarifying rhythm, notational corrections, indications of cuts, etc.) in pencil, in German. The second digit of the printed price, "M 20.–" erased and corrected in pencil. Handstamp of the Munich antiquarian Carl Lischer to foot of title.

Original wrappers (with full-page illustration by Lovis Corinth to upper) lacking; preliminary leaves frayed at upper edge; Lischer handstamp trimmed.

First Edition, probable first issue (without the additional plate numbers to foot of page [3] and also without the statement "Aufführungsrecht vorbehalten" to foot of page [5]). Trenner 223. Mueller von Asow p. 409.

The present copy was apparently used by a rehearsal accompanist.

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 #24699

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