London: J. & W. Chester, Ltd. [PN J.W.C. 9725], [ca. 1955]. Folio. Original publisher's dark ivory wrappers printed in red, pink, and black. 1f. (recto illustrated title with vignette printed in red and black, verso blank), 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 1f. (recto dedication to the Princesse Edmond de Polignac, verso blank), 1f. (recto named cast list, verso blank), 1f. (recto index, verso cast list), 1f. (notes), 68 pp. Text in Spanish, English, and French.
Wrappers slightly worn and stained; head and tail of spine slightly torn. Lightly browned; occasional light soiling, staining, wear, and minor annotations or erasures; several signatures loose or partially detached; music seller's handstamp to lower margin of secondary title.
First Edition, first issue. Crawford pp. 160-161. Chrichton p. 36.
El Retablo de Maese Pedro, a puppet opera in six scenes to Falla's own libretto after Cervantes, received its first concert performance at San Fernando in Seville on March 23, 1923, and its first stage performance at the Paris home of Princess Edmond de Polignac on June 25, 1923.
"Falla adapted his own text from that of Cervantes. The original intention, not always followed in performance, was to have two sets of puppets, large ones for the singing characters (with the singers in the orchestra) and small ones for the performers of the play within a play. The score represents a great advance on the strong, but still naive, theatrical instinct shown in La vida breve. El retablo is an original, delightful work of art, in which Falla used a small orchestra with consummate skill, nowhere more evident than in the scoring of the ride in Scene 4. Equally remarkable is the range of expression, through pungent rusticity and feminine delicacy (Melisendra) to knightly dignity. The scenes, which are continuous, are tightly compressed, but so adroitly contrasted and finely proportioned that the work seems bigger than it is in reality." Ronald Crichton in Grove Music Online. Item #26164
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