[AWV 23]. Gustave ou le Bal masqué Opéra historique en 5 Actes Paroles de Mr. Scribe... Avec Accompagnement de Piano Par V. Rifaut Prix: 60 fr. [Piano-vocal score]

Paris: E. Troupenas [PN 682. O., 682], [1833-1834]. Folio. Full modern black leatherette with raised bands on spine, titling gilt, decorative blue endpapers. 1f. (title), 1f. (cast list and table of contents), [1] (blank), 2-398 pp. Engraved.

With the handstamp of Troupenas's successor, Delloye, to lower margin of title. Engraved and printed by Marquerie, Frères. Title within decorative borders, within which is printed "Répertoire Des Opéras Français" together with the surnames of noted opera composers. Some leaves with double pagination.

Small piece of tape laid down over handstamp of former owner, J.M. Martin, to upper outer corner of title; his handstamp and "212" to cast leaf; handstamp to first page of music.

Binding slightly worn; endpapers faded at margins. Slightly worn, soiled, and foxed; impressional occasionally light; first signature partially detached.

First Edition. Scarce. Schneider p. 708. Lesure pp. 137-138, 416-420. According to Lesure, this edition was probably printed in 1833. Delloye, whose handstamp appears in this copy, absorbed Troupenas's firm in October, 1834.

Gustave ou le Bal masqué was first performed at the Opéra in Paris on February 27, 1833. It "was performed 168 times in Paris (after the end of April 1834 they were partial performances only), and it was also successful in England and Germany. As late as 1877 it was performed in Vienna as Die Ballnacht. The opera had considerable influence on Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera: Gustave III contains Auber’s most developed ‘parlante’ scene, similar to those that Verdi introduced in his operas after Macbeth." Herbert Schneider in Grove Music Online.

Auber (1782-1871) was the foremost composer of opéra comique in nineteenth-century France. His operas enjoyed great success not only in his native France but also in Germany, Denmark, and England. In addition to his activities as a composer, Auber was for a time the director of the Paris Conservatoire. Item #25578

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