[Milano]: [Casa Musicale Sonzogno] [PN M 2022 S], . Folio. Dark green cloth flexible blue boards with publisher's title label "Casa Musicale Sonzogno... La Rondine Musica di G. Puccini" printed to upper. 285, [i] (blank), xix (transposition of the Act 2 ensemble, "Bevo al tuo fresco sorriso," from E flat to D flat major) pp. Engraved.
A proof copy of the first edition, with occasional brief manuscript annotations and corrections to tempo, dynamics, and occasionally musical notation, in lead, blue, and red pencil throughout. "Canto e Piano" handstamped to title label.
Slightly worn, browned, and foxed, heavier to some leaves; slightly shaken; some signatures partially detached; occasional light creasing to lower corners.
First Edition proof. Rare. See Schickling, 83.E.1. Hopkinson 8A.
La Rondine, to a text by Giuseppe Adami after a libretto by A.M. Willner and Heinz Reichert, was first performed in Monte Carlo at the Théâtre de l'Opéra on March 27, 1917.
"In its musical organization La rondine follows a characteristic Puccinian motivic pattern in which there is more room than usual for extended melodies, that are in turn often broken down into recurring motifs. Second Empire Paris is evoked by frequent waltz rhythms of the slower French rather than the Viennese variety; but there are also occasional hints of more modern dances such as the tango, one-step and even (in the lovers’ duet in Act 2 ‘Perche mai cercate’) the slow foxtrot. The large orchestral forces are delicately handled, and a number of harmonic audacities worthy of La fanciulla del West (unrelated parallel chords, moments of bitonality, unresolved dissonances) merely add piquancy to a score of unusual elegance. The main musical weight is thrown into Act 2, where two of the waltz themes are combined vertically, and whose concertato remains the lyrical pinnacle of the opera." Julian Budden in Grove Music Online. Item #25886
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