Milano: Tito di Gio. Ricordi [PNs 22191-22214], [ca. 1855]. Folio. Dark teal blue textured cloth-backed marbled boards with partial printed label of G. Ricordi & C. with contemporary manuscript titling laid down to upper. 1f. (title), [i] (table of contents with plate and page numbers), [i] (named cast list for the first performance), 260 pp. Each number with its own plate number, price, and secondary pagination. Music engraved.
Named cast includes Selva, Malvezzi, Salandri, Arati, De Bassini, Gazzaniga, Salvetti, and Rossi.
With occasional cuts, embellishments, and other performance markings in pencil and blue crayon, including notational changes.
Small circular handstamp of T[ito] Ricordi in Firenze to upper margin of p. 1. Signatures to upper margins of title, cast list, and p. 1.
Binding somewhat worn, rubbed and bumped; minor tears to head and tail of spine. Slightly browned throughout, a bit heavier to first and last leaves; a few minor tears, creases, and stains, not affecting music; title slightly foxed, dampstained, and soiled; signatures indecipherable.
Early complete Italian edition. Scarce. Hopkinson 51A(p). Chusid p. 107.
Luisa Miller, to a libretto by Salvadore Cammarano after Friedrich von Schiller's play Kabale und Liebe, was first performed in Naples at the Teatro S Carlo on December 8, 1849.
"The best of [Luisa Miller] sets a new standard in Verdian opera. By comparison even the finest of the earlier works takes on a poster-like quality – bold, exhilarating, maybe, yet lacking in depth. In Luisa Miller buds of poetry hinted at in I Due Foscari and parts of Il Corsaro and La Battaglia di Legnano burst into full flower. There is a new refinement of musical thought, a new concentration of lyrical elements within the dramatic scheme, in sum a more thorough resolution of the drama into terms of pure music." Budden Vol. I p. 446.
An interesting performance copy. Item #26116
Price: $485.00 other currencies