Paris: Choudens [PN A.C. 664.], .
Large octavo. Quarter dark red cloth with textured boards, titling gilt to spine. 1f. (decorative lithographic title by P. de Grauzat printed in black, with portraits of Marguerite, Faust, and Méphistophélès), 1f. (named cast list and index), 252 pp.
With red handstamp to lower edge of title and occasional editorial annotations, especially to front free endpaper, in a 20th-century hand.
Binding somewhat worn, rubbed, bumped, and scuffed. Minor dampstaining, foxing, and offsetting; lacking upper corner of final leaf with no loss to music.
Second edition. Hopkinson: Notes on the Earliest Editions of Gounod's Faust, 247.
Faust was first performed at the Théâtre Lyrique in Paris on 19 March 1859 in a version with spoken dialogue; recitatives were added in 1860, and a ballet in 1869. The libretto by Barbier and Carre is based on Goethe but focuses on the love story between Faust and Marguerite.
"The historical importance of Faust is that it sounded a new note in French music. The conventional pomposities of the grand opera which then dominated the stage were superseded by a more intimate and poetic approach. The fashion Gounod set was one of conversational exchange rather than declamation." James Harding: Gounod, p. 114.
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