Paris: Des Lauriers, [1795/6].
Folio. 19th century quarter red morocco with paper boards, rules and titling gilt to spine. 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 1f. (recto publisher's catalogue, verso blank), 307, [i] (blank) pp. Engraved. Printed on light green paper.
Publisher's address: "Rue St Honoré, à côté de la celle des Prouvaires." With Le Duc overpaste: "Rue neuve des petits Champs No. 1286, vis à-vis la Trésorerie Et Rue du Roulle à la Croix d'Or." Price in manuscript.
Inscription in ink to title: "a Mdl Naudet[?]-[!]Elleves du Conservatoire 1802." Early signature, "Md. Naudet," to outer margin of pp. 1, 7, 17, 21. Inscription in ink to final blank page: "Cette partition apartiens [!appartient] a Mdl Naudet [!]Elleves Du Conservatoire le 1 Vantos [!Ventôse = February 20] 1802." Early crosses in red crayon to pp. 69-71. We have not traced any professional performances in which Mlle. Naudet is mentioned, however the fact that this copy belonged to a female student at the Conservatoire in the early post Revolutionary years is intriguing.
Binding slightly worn, joints cracked. Binder's hole to upper inner corner throughout; outer margins of title and gutter of some pages stained, occasional stains elsewhere; tears to several leaves repaired; portion of outer blank margin of pp. 279/280 torn away not affecting music.
First Edition, later issue. Lesure p. 497. BUC p. 793. RISM P2102. First Edition, with imprint "chez le Suisse de l'Hôtel de Noailles" (RISM P2100), is from 1783. The first Des Lauriers issue dates from ca. 1792.
Dated according to publisher's catalogue and imprints.
Didon, a "tragédie lyrique" to a libretto by Jean François Marmontel was first performed at Fontainebleau on October 16, 1783.
"In 1783 Piccinni reached his second peak with a highly successful revival of Atys and the introduction of Didon, which momentarily eclipsed the rising star of Sacchini... The sixth and most successful of the nine serious French operas that Piccinni wrote during his sojourn in Paris, Didon continued to be performed there until 1836 and received performances in French and German translation throughout Europe during the first quarter of the 19th century." Mary Hunter in Grove Music Online.
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