Berlin: Bote & G. Bock [PNs B. & B. 1601. A; B. & B. 1720.-1728.], . Folio. Mid-brown cloth backed dark brown textured paper boards, manuscript title label to spine. 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 1f. (recto named cast list and table of contents, verso p. 2), 3-226 pp. Engraved.
Named cast includes Zschiesche, Krause, Mickler, Pfister, Mantius, Lieder, Tuczek, Herrenburger, Marx, Köster, Röhr, Tägener, Müller II, Meinhardt, and Brandt.
Publisher's blindstamp and advertisements, with prices, for other arrangements of Die lustigen Weiber to title. Several leaves with marks in red and blue crayon and pencil.
Binding somewhat worn, rubbed, and bumped. Slightly browned and soiled internally; occasional minor foxing and tears; small repairs and staining to blank outer margins of pp. 24-33.
Probable First Edition of the complete piano-vocal score (with finales); Bote & Bock published an earlier piano-vocal score without finales in ca. December, 1850. Fuld 365-366. OCLC no. 270560728.
Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor, to a libretto by Salomon Hermann Mosenthal after William Shakespeare, was first performed in Berlin at the Königliches Opernhaus on March 9, 1849.
"In 1847 [Nicolai] went to Berlin as Kapellmeister at the cathedral and at the Hofoper; there he conducted the highly successful première of Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor two years later. Nicolai did not live long to enjoy his triumph, dying of a stroke just two months after the première; however, the opera has never lost its place on the German stage, and the charming overture is still popular in the concert hall." Clive Brown in Grove Music Online. Item #25845
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