Leipzig: C. F. Peters [PN 1126], . 2 volumes. Oblong folio. Vol. 1: Black cloth-backed boards. 1f. (recto title, verso cast list in Italian and German), 3-87, [i] (blank) pp. Vol. 2: Dark brown calf-backed marbled boards with red and black morocco title label gilt to upper. 1f. (recto title, verso p. 88), 89-162, 163 (table of contents), [i] (blank) pp. Engraved. Text in Italian and German.
Yellow label with "Müller's Musikalien-Leih-Bibliothek. 4253." laid down to upper board of Vol. I; Müller's handstamp and name in a contemporary hand to blank lower margin of title.
Binding slightly worn, rubbed, and bumped; minor dampstaining to upper portion of Vol. 2; hinges splitting. Minor internal wear and soiling; some foxing; Vol. 2 slightly dampstained at blank upper margins of first ten leaves.
First German edition (possible First Edition). Eitner VII, p. 278. OCLC no. 67975974, 23493298. IMSLP (plate numbers for Peters).
Agnese, to a libretto by Luigi Buonavoglia after Filippo Casari, was first performed in Parma at the Villa Scotti, Teatro Ponte d'Attaro, in October 1809.
"Agnese is Paer’s last opera semiseria and the one in which comic and serious elements are most skilfully integrated. Its situations have been perceived as anticipating those of such intense psychological melodrammi as Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor and Verdi’s I masnadieri which became common after 1830; other authorities have noted a similarity in Donizetti’s Il furioso all’isola di San Domingo, as both there and in Agnese the mad scene involves the participation of a ‘buffo’ – clearly a throwback to the 18th century when male dementia was regarded as entertaining rather than tragic." Scott L. Balthazar in Grove Music Online. Item #25848
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