[Leipzig... Sankt-Peterburg]: [M. P. Belaieff] [PNs 119, 120, 143, 182, 183], [ca. 1902]. Folio. Quarter textured black cloth with matching black boards, titling gilt to spine and former owner's name "Ebstrup" gilt to foot of upper board. 1f. (blank), 1f. (decorative chromolithographic title by A. Antipov), 1f. (calligraphic dedication to the memory of Glinka, in Cyrillic), 1f. (engraved portrait of Borodin with a 4-measure autograph musical quotation in facsimile from the prologue of the opera), [i] (preface explaining the posthumous completion of the opera in Russian, French, and German, with PN 119.120), [i] (blank), i-xvi (overture), 1-213, [i] (publisher's catalogue) pp. Printer's note to lower right corner of p. I: "Stich und Druck der Röder'schen Officin in Leipzig." Caption titles and scene descriptions in Russian (Cyrillic), French, and German. Stage directions and text underlay in Russian only. The preface credits the piano reduction to Felix Mikhaylovich Blumenfel'd (1863-1931). Watermark CGR*5.
The basic plate number, found on all non-blank pages beginning with the preface, is 120. Several pages have other plate numbers added: the preface has the double plate number 119. 120; the overture has the triple plate number 120.119_143; no. 8, Pliaska polovetskikh devushek (Dance of the Polovtsian Maidens), and no. 17, Polovetskaia pliaska s khorom (Polovtsian Dance with Chorus), have the double plate number 120.382; no. 18, Polovetskii marsh (Polovtsian March) has triple plate number 119.120.383; the first page of no. 1, Prologue (p. 1), has a second, not easily legible, plate number (153). All plate numbers other than 119 and 120 appear in a smaller font.
Publisher's catalogue "Compositions pour Piano publiés par M. P. Belaïeff à Leipzig," numbered "17," lists the works of Glazunov ("Glazounow") through the two piano sonatas, opp. 74 and 75 (1901); the most recent work is probably Vasily Kalafati's 5 Préludes, op. 7 (published 1902).
Handstamp "Skandinavisk Musikforlag Kjøbenhavn" to foot of title. Cross in pencil to lower right corner of pp. 18 and 50; further pencil mark to lower right corner of p. 153.
Boards worn; spine heavily chipped at head and tail; wrappers lacking. Uniformly browned; title foxed.
First Edition, later issue. Davis pp. 82 (illustration) and 86-87. Tentative date based on publisher's catalogue. First issue probably 1888 (printed date to upper wrapper). See upper wrapper of otherwise identical copy at IMSLP. The second plate number to p. 1, also in the copy at IMSLP, is a remnant from the piano-vocal score, which uses the identical plate (no singing on this page). The plates of the overture were also used for the piano-vocal score.
In all varieties of Belaieff's original edition of Prince Igor (full score, piano-vocal score, the present arrangement, etc.), the wrapper assumes the function of a title, presenting the facts of publication (imprint, date, price list), while the title proper, unusually lavish in its style, is reduced to a merely decorative function and lacks basic content (including the imprint). Belaieff's original edition, including the present arrangement, represents the traditional version of Borodin's unfinished work, completed by Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov and Alexander Glazunov and first performed at the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg in 1890. Item #24959
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