Milano: G. Ricordi & C. [PN 124646], 1940.
Large octavo. Original publisher's quarter ivory cloth-backed boards with titling and vignette in black and dark yellow to upper, publisher's device to lower, patterned monogrammatic endpapers. 1f. (recto half-title, verso blank), 1f. (recto frontispiece reproduction half-length photographic pportrait of the composer, verso blank), 1f. (recto title, verso copyright notice), 1f. (recto note regarding first performance, verso blank), 1f. (recto scene description, verso blank), 1f. (recto cast list, verso blank), 1f. (recto table of contents, verso blank), 1f. (recto part-title, verso blank), 228 pp. Vignettes by Cisari.
Publisher's blindstamp dated December 39 to lower margins of initial leaves. Unpaginated part-title with vignette)and scene description precedes each act. With "Aumento 20%" handstamped to title.
Binding slightly worn and soiled. Browned; occasional light wear. A very good copy overall.
First Edition. Scarce. Not in Worldcat. Catalogo del servizio bibliotecario nazionale (5 copies, all in Italy).
Ghirlino, to a libretto by Elio Anceschi, was first performed in Milan at the Teatro alla Scala on February 4, 1940.
Ferrari Trecate's talent "found its best expression in music for children, ranging from small piano pieces and choruses to operas: the most successful were Ciottolino (which initially ran for 70 performances when presented by the famous puppet theatre, the Teatro dei Piccoli di Podrecca) and Ghirlino. These deft little stage pieces, pervaded by the simple, fresh spirit of nursery rhymes and seasoned with ‘modernisms’ that never go beyond mild postwar Ravel (as, for example, in the ‘movimento di Fox’ intermezzo from Ghirlino), deserved their success." John C.G. Waterhouse in Grove Music Online.
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