Paris: G. Hartmann [PN G.H. 1571.], . Large folio. Full teal blue cloth with black title label gilt to spine, all edges gilt, original publisher's dark brown decorative wrappers printed in red green, grey, and gold bound in. 1f. (recto blank, verso limitation statement), 1f. (recto half-title printed in teal blue and gold, verso blank), 1f. (recto illustrated title printed in brown and black, verso blank), 1f. (recto dedication "A Mes chers Directeurs et amis E. Ritt & P. Gailhard," verso blank), 1f. (recto named cast, etc. list, verso table of contents), 1f. (recto continuation of table of contents, verso blank), 355, [i] (publisher's device) pp. Printed within borders ruled in red.
Named cast includes singers Fidès-Devriès, Bosman, Jean de Reszké, Édouard de Reszké, Melchissédec, Plançon, Lambert, Balleroy, Girard, and Sentein; dancers Rosita Mauri, Melles. Keller, and Hirsch; décors by Carpezat, Robecchi, Amable, Rubé, Chaperon, Jambon, and Lavastre; mise en scène by Mayer; and costumes by Le Pic.
Wrappers slightly worn and lacking at outer margins, with competent repairs. Occasional light foxing, soiling, and browning; table of contents with minor annotation in purple ink; several leaves with small tears or perforations to margins, occasionally affecting music. In very good condition overall.
Deluxe Limited Edition. Rare. The present copy "No. 11 Exemplaire réservé à Monsieur Léon Kerst." As Massenet's Manon was issued in a limited edition of 50 copies shortly before the publication of the present score, it seems likely that this edition of Le Cid was limited to approximately the same number of copies.
First performed in Paris at the Opéra on November 30, 1885 to a libretto by Adolphe d'Ennery, Edouard Blau and Louis Gallet after Pierre Corneille's drama (1637). "The first performance of Le Cid confirmed Massenet’s reputation as a successful opera composer, marking as it did his return to the Opéra for the first time since Le roi de Lahore eight years previously and coming a year after the double triumph of Manon by the Opéra Comique and the first performances in Paris of Hérodiade (Théâtre Italien). The De Reszke brothers Jean (tenor) and Edouard (bass) sang in Hérodiade and both were engaged for Le Cid... The loyalty of the De Reszke brothers and Pol Plançon (Count of Gormas) ensured considerable success for Le Cid both in France and America, and it achieved 150 performances at the Opéra by 1919." Rodney Milnes in Grove Music Online.
Kerst, born in 1906, was a French music critic. Item #25678
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