Paris: Maurice Schlesinger [PN E. 1001.], [ca. 1840]. Folio. Quarter contemporary dark purple calf with marbled boards with central monogram gilt, raised bands on spine in decorative compartments gilt with titling gilt, marbled endpapers. 1f. (title), 1f. (cast list and table of contents), 2, 276 pp. Engraved. Text in French.
First two pages of music (from the overture) printed twice. With "Chalcographie de Mlle. Lélú" printed to lower margin of p. 1.
Binding slightly worn, rubbed, and bumped. Light to moderate foxing, primarily to blank margins. Light showthrough, heavier to final leaves; lower margins of final leaves slightly dampstained, not affecting music. A very good copy overall.
Devriès and Lesure Vol. I, Part I, pp. 65-66; II pp. 135-136; 385-392. OCLC nos. 21725416 (Schlesinger edition; one copy only, at the Eastman School of Music), 53016214 (Erard edition; one copy only, at Harvard), 844421863 (Delahante edition; one copy only, at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France). Reprinted from the plates of Mlles. Erard, who most probably issued the original edition ca. 1828-1830, later reissued in ca. 1833 by Delahante, the successors of Erard. Schlesinger absorbed Delahante in 1840.
La Vestale, to a libretto by Etienne de Jouy, was first performed at the Paris Opéra on December 15, 1807.
Spontini "dominated serious grand opera of the early 19th century in Paris and later in Berlin... [La Vestale], mostly composed in 1805 but repeatedly revised, was performed only after the intervention of the Empress Josephine. However, it turned out to be not only the most successful work of Spontini’s unsteady career but also the one serious French opera to achieve lasting and international fame between 1789 and 1826. The first performance... was a great success; the work had its 100th performance at the Opéra in 1816 and its 200th in 1830. In the years that followed, it was performed in most foreign opera houses... before interest in it waned after 1850." Anselm Gerhard in Grove Music Online. Item #25931
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