Leipzig: Breitkopf und Härtel [PN 642], [ca. 1805-1808]. Oblong folio. Contemporary red morocco-backed textured paper boards with spine in decorative compartments gilt, orange title label gilt. 1f. (recto title, verso blank), [i]-viii (libretto in German), 178 pp. Typeset. Text in Italian and German.
Oval handstamp with crown and initials "F.N." to front free endpaper, title, and page 1; "Sect. 1 No 56" in red in a contemporary hand to front free endpaper and title; contemporary signature ("Amélie") in black to upper margin of front free endpaper.
Binding slightly worn, rubbed, and bumped. Occasional light foxing, heavier to some leaves; margins cropped, just touching pagination in some cases and one letter of title on cast list; final signatures very lightly stained at upper margins.
First Edition, probable second issue. Eitner VII, p. 279. OCLC nos. 630753670, 884448984.
Sargino, to a libretto by Giuseppe Maria Foppa, was first performed in Dresden at the Hoftheater on May 26, 1803.
"After a short time in Prague in 1801, Paer accepted the post of court Kapellmeister in Dresden, where for the court theatre he wrote in successive years three of his most important works: I fuorusciti (1802), Sargino (1803) and Leonora (1804)... Sargino has a mock-heroic flavour, emphasizing comic elements over serious ones and giving buffo characters roles at least as weighty as those of the hero and heroine... [Paer] was one of the central figures in the development of opera semiseria during the first decade of the 19th century." Scott L. Balthazar and Julian Budden in Grove Music Online. Item #25853
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