Wien: Universal-Edition A.G. [PN U.E. 10.530], . Folio. Original publisher's pictorial wrappers with a reproduction photograph of a bronze bust of Karl V. by Leone Leoni to upper. 1f. (recto title, printed dedication to the Wiener Staatsoper and its director Clemens Krauss), 1f. (recto cast list, verso instrumentation), 328 pp. Publisher's catalogue ("Nr. 106") to verso of lower wrapper.
With small handstamp of Dr. Rudolph F. Brauner in Vienna to upper outer corner of title.
Wrappers slightly worn and soiled. Some internal wear and soiling; some corners slightly turned.
First Edition. Krenek Institut Gesamtwerkverzeichnis, p. 21. OCLC no. 10357067.
Karl V., to Křenek's own libretto, was first performed in Prague at the Neues Deutsches Theater on June 22, 1938. It is the first full-length twelve-tone opera.
"Ostensibly a historical work, Karl V was also Krenek’s contribution to the controversy within Austrian political ideology of the early 1930s. The work’s emphasis on universal Catholicism as a political alternative to nationalism was thought to pose a fundamental ethical challenge to the reactionary tendencies dominating Austrian cultural politics even before the German fascist Anschluss. Although commissioned by the Vienna State Opera in 1930, preparations for a 1934 première were forcibly halted. Fragments were performed outside Austro-Germany as op.73a in 1936 and 1937; eventually the German opera house in Prague produced it a year later." Charlotte Purkis in Grove Music Online. Item #26043
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