Paris: Choudens [PN A.C. 664.], . Large octavo. Quarter modern brown morocco with patterned boards. 1f. (recto decorative lithographic title by P. de Grauzat printed in black, with portraits of Marguerite, Faust, and Méphistophélès, verso blank), 1f. (recto named cast list and table of contents), 224 pp.
Named cast includes Earbot, Balanqué, Reynald, Cibot, Carvalho, Faibre, and Duclos.
With publisher's small oval handstamp to lower right corner of title.
Spine slightly abraided. Occasional light foxing and intralinear marks in pencil; title very slightly trimmed at lower margin. An attractive copy.
First Edition. "The very rare first edition in opéra-comique form with dialogue was published in the middle of May 1859 according to an advertisement in Le Ménestrel and was the only one to appear thus. It was only on sale for a few months." Hopkinson: Notes on the Earliest Editions of Gounod's Faust, p. 246. Fuld p. 510.
Faust was first performed at the Théâtre Lyrique in Paris on March 19th 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 The conventional pomposities of the grand opera which then dominated the stage were superseded by a more intimate and poetic approach.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. Item #25603
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