Leipzig: in der Breitkopfischen Buchhandlung [without PN], . Large oblong folio. Full contemporary blue-grey paper boards with contemporary titling in manuscript to upper. [i] (title), [i] (cast list), 136 pp. Typeset.
"Hieron. Knicker" printed to lower margin of each page; "Leipzig, aus der Breitkopfischen Notendruckeren" printed to lower margin of final page; "Henriette Adelheid v Driesen" in manuscript in a contemporary hand to front pastedown.
Boards moderately worn with minor dampstaining to edges; spine partially lacking. Initial leaves slightly browned, stained, and creased; scattered light foxing and creasing, heavier to some leaves, small hole to pp. 43-44, just affecting one note; occasional show-through.
First Edition. Hirsch IV 1147. RISM D 3189.
Hieronymus Knicker, a Singspiel to Dittersdorf's own libretto, was first performed at the Theater in der Leopoldstadt in Vienna on July 7, 1789.
"Hieronymus Knicker, one of Dittersdorf’s most popular works, reproduces nearly all the tried and true dramatic and musical elements of his earlier German operas. Cheerful ensembles and ample, lively finales mix with a great diversity of aria types – the folklike, comic, sentimental, mock-heroic, virtuoso and even a ‘Turkish’ song sung by Ferdinand disguised as an Armenian." Thomas Bauman in Grove Music Online.
Dittersdorf "composed voluminously despite the official responsibilities that occupied him for much of his life, and his generally high standard of craftsmanship earned him recognition as a leading figure of the Viennese Classical school." Margaret Grave and Jay Lane in Grove Music Online. Item #25791
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