Paris: Heugel [PN H. 27,246], . Large octavo. Original publishers dark ivory wrappers printed in red and black. 1f. (recto half-title, verso blank), 1f. (recto title, verso blank, 1f. (recto named cast list, verso table of contents), 1f. (recto table of contents, verso publisher's note), 175, [i] (blank) pp. Preliminary leaves printed in red and black. Unopened.
With an autograph inscription signed by the composer in black ink to half-title: "A mon cher Eugène Picheran que j'ai retrouvé à l'Opéra, toujours dévoué collaborateur de mes pensées et de mes gôuts artistiques. Hommage d'amitié, de reconnaissance, et d'admiration. Henry Février."
Publisher's handstamp to lower margin of title; printer's note to lower margin of p. 175.
Wrappers very slightly worn and soiled.
First Edition. OCLC no. 1932872.
L'Île désenchantée, to a libretto by Maria Star (E. Stern) after Édouard Schuré, was first performed at the Paris Opéra on November 23, 1925.
Eugène Picheran (1865-19??) was a noted French composer and conductor at the Folies Dramatique and the Opéra-Comique in Paris.
'[Février's] early compositions were small-scale, but he later turned almost exclusively to opera composition. Many of the operas (e.g. Le roi aveugle, 1906; L’île désenchantée, 1925) are set in remote, other-worldly locations, and the redemption of mankind through love is a constant theme... In his musical dramas, Février favoured a continuous dramatic flow, uninterrupted by clearly defined arias and choruses... His use of such ‘set pieces’, plus a limited use of leitmotif, and the nature of his plots exhibit the influence of Wagner to a high degree, although his contemporaries saw in Monna Vanna the influence of Massenet and Italian verismo." John Wagstaff and Richard Langham Smith in Grove Music Online. Item #26210
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