Paris: Houbaut, . Folio. Contemporary half vellum with blue-green paper boards, decorative cut paper manuscript title label to upper, raised bands on spine with titling in manuscript. 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 1f. (recto printed dedication to La Comtesse du Barry, verso blank), 216 pp.
Binding quite worn and bumped; lower portion of spine lacking; partially detached, reinforced with cellophane tape. Slightly browned, with occasional light foxing and staining; binder's holes to inner margins, not affecting music; many leaves slightly wormed; some leaves partially detached; several leaves with small tears or loss, not affecting music.
First Edition, first issue. BUC I, p. 405. Hirsch II, 366. Lesure p. 264. RISM G4497.
Zémire et Azor, to a libretto by Marmontel, was first performed at Fontainebleau on November 9, 1771.
"This version of the Beauty and the Beast story was created from two literary sources: the substance of the story is from La belle et la bête by Jeanne Marie Le Prince de Beaumont, and the names and the setting from Amour pour amour, a verse play by P. C. Nivelle de La Chaussée (1742)... Recognized immediately as Grétry’s best as well as largest work to date, [Zémire et Azor] had immense international success (it was given at the King’s Theatre, London, in 1779). The text was also used in settings by Linley the elder (1776), Gotthilf von Baumgarten (1776) and Spohr (1819). Grétry’s music ranges widely in character and function, and uses special instrumental effects in Acts 3 and 4. Mozart owned a copy of the score." David Charlton in Grove Music Online. Item #25652
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