Paris: Maurice Schlesinger [PN 1506], [ca. 1825-1834]. Folio. Quarter contemporary dark red morocco with dark red textured paper boards, spine in decorative compartments gilt with titling gilt. 1f. (lithographic title with a vignette of a scene from the opera to upper portion by Engelmann in Paris), [i] (thematic table of contents), [i] (named cast list), 244 pp. Engraved.
Named cast includes Bordogni, Mari, Levasseur, Giovanola, Mombelli, Mori, and Amigo.
Publisher's handstamp to lower margin of title.
Binding slightly worn and rubbed. Scattered light foxing and browning, heavier to some leaves; margins of some leaves very slightly stained, not affecting music; minor annotations in pencil to verso of front free endpaper.
Second Paris version, printed from Janet et Cotelle plates. OCLC nos. 229880118, 467771454, 52607561, 80923467. Gossett p. 609. Lesure II pp. 389-90.
Ricciardo e Zoraide, to a libretto by Francesco Berio di Salsa after cantos xiv and xv of Niccolò Forteguerri’s epic poem Il Ricciardetto, was first performed in Naples at the Teatro San Carlo on December 3, 1818. "Musically, the work shows Rossini’s evolving powers in handling such things as choral writing, orchestration and accompanied recitatives... " Richard Osborne in Grove Music Online.
"No composer in the first half of the 19th century enjoyed the measure of prestige, wealth, popular acclaim or artistic influence that belonged to Rossini. His contemporaries recognized him as the greatest Italian composer of his time. His achievements cast into oblivion the operatic world of Cimarosa and Paisiello, creating new standards against which other composers were to be judged." Philip Gossett in Grove Music Online. Item #25907
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