Paris: Léon Escudier [PNa L.E. 1578-83.], [ca. 1856]. Large octavo. Disbound. Original publisher's dark ivory printed wrappers with titling and price to upper and publisher's catalogue to lower. 1f. (title), 1f. (named cast list and table of contents), 400 pp. Engraved. Partially uncut.
Named cast includes Bonnehée, Coulon, Guignot, Gueymard, Obin, Cruvelli, Sannier, Boulo, Aimès, Marié, and Koenig.
Publisher's handstamp to lower portion of title.
Handstamps of the National Conservatory of Music of America and F.D.W. Schuberth & Co. in New York to upper wrapper and title. Upper wrapper signed "R. Center" at upper outer corner.
Wrappers somewhat worn and soiled, with slight loss to margins; spine partially lacking and crudely reinforced with transparent tape. Edges slightly worn; some occasional light soiling, small tears, and pencil marks; handstamps of the National Conservatory of Music of America throughout, slightly affecting music.
An early edition. Chusid p. 171. Hopkinson p. 111. OCLC no. 16842283.
Les Vêpres siciliennes, to a libretto by Eugène Scribe and Charles Duveyrier after their libretto Le duc d'Albe, was first performed in Paris at the Opéra on June 13, 1855.
"... For those wishing to understand Verdi’s musical development during the 1850s, Les vêpres siciliennes is of enormous importance. In both strictly formal terms and in larger matters of operatic structure, it marks a decisive turn away from the language of the middle-period Italian operas and the emergence of many stylistic features we associate with the later Verdi. There is no subsequent Verdi opera in which the experience of Les vêpres will not be recalled and refined." Roger Parker in Grove Music Online. Item #25939
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