Milano: Edoardo Sonzogno [PN E 1034 S], . Small folio. Vellum-backed boards with publisher's illustrated polychrome wrappers laid down, titling in black to spine. 1f. (recto title, verso copyright notice), 1f. (recto cast list, verso blank), 1f. (recto table of contents, verso blank), 482 pp.
Price of "L. 20" to verso of lower wrapper. Occasional annotations and cuts marked in pencil and red crayon.
Binding slightly worn, rubbed, bumped, stained, shaken, and warped. Minor internal foxing and browning, heavier to some leaves; occasional light offsetting and staining; several leaves with small tears to margins, not affecting music.
First Edition, [?]first issue. Scarce.
Le maschere was first performed on January 17, 1901. "At the height of his popularity, Mascagni produced a resounding failure in Le maschere (1901), which opened simultaneously at seven Italian theatres and was a fiasco at all of them except in Rome, where it was saved by the composer’s presence as conductor. Its failure was due largely to the impossibility of reconciling Illica’s wish to revive the commedia dell’arte with Mascagni’s reluctance – and unsuitability – to do so." Michele Girardi in Grove Music Online. Item #25674
Price: $350.00 other currencies