Paris: Durand, Schoenewerk & Cie. [PN D.S. & Cie. 3083], . Large octavo. Half red morocco with marbled boards, raised bands on spine in decorative compartments gilt, marbled endpapers. 1f. (decorative lithographic title by L. Denis), 1f. (dedication), 1f. (named cast list), 1f. (index), 444, i-iii (supplement) pp.
Dedicated to A. Monsieur Vaucorbeil, Director of the Académie Nationale de Musique. With an oval handstamp with the letters "DS" to lower right corner of cast list.
Binding slightly worn, rubbed and bumped. Somewhat browned and brittle with occasional edge tears; several signatures partially detached.
First Edition. OCLC no. 2609126. Ratner: Camille Saint-Saëns, p. 134.
Henry VIII, an opera in four acts to a libretto by Léonce Détroyat and Armand Silvestre, was premiered at the Paris Opéra on March 5, 1883. "Despite Saint-Saëns’ care for authenticity of period and place, the music’s strongest impression is of a tightly constructed score with vocal and orchestral resources skilfully deployed, especially in the confrontation scenes. After Samson et Dalila this was his most successful opera, widely performed in the composer’s lifetime, often in a reduced three-act version that simply omitted Act 3." Hugh Macdonald in Grove Music Online. Item #24758
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