Berlin: Ed. Bote & G. Bock [PN B. & B. 3100], [ca. 1854]. Folio. Newly bound in quarter black morocco with spine in decorative compartments gilt. 1f. (title with pictorial illustration to head), 1f. (printed dedication to Charles-Alexander, Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar), [xii] (passages from Nibelungenlied and libretto), [i] (cast list), [ii]-[iii] (contents), 2-170, [ii] (blank) pp. Title, dedication, and passages from the Nibelungenlied lithographed; cast list, contents, and music engraved. The six leaves of Nibelungenlied excerpts and libretto are printed on a different, finer paper. Printer's note to lower right corner of final page of music: "Stich und Druck von Ed. Bote u: G. Bock, Berlin." Publisher's blindstamp to foot of title.
The title also advertises a full score, a part set, a piano-vocal score with four-hands accompaniment, a piano reduction without vocal parts, and editions of the overture for orchestra, piano solo, and piano four-hands. Except for the two piano reductions of the overture, only the present piano-vocal score is listed with a price.
Signature dated May 20, 1874 to title; one word of text underlay ("Lüsten") underlined in red crayon on p. 100.
Browning to edges (especially the six Niebelungenlied excerpts and libreetto) and slightly to moderately foxed.
A very good copy overall.
First (and only) Edition. Quite rare (2 copies in the U.S. only, at UC Berkeley and Riverside).
"His Die Nibelungen (1854), by far the most successful of his operas, is based on the medieval Nibelungenlied, a source approached by Wagner when sketching the Ring cycle, and uses an ambitious scheme of reminiscence motifs – which may also reflect the influence of Liszt, who conducted the opera’s première at Weimar." Adelyn Peck Leverett and Christopher Fifield in Grove online. Item #24857
Price: $550.00 other currencies