Paris: Heugel & Cie [PNs H. & Cie. 24214; 25,867; 25,929], . Large octavo. Quarter contemporary mid-brown calf with marbled boards, mid-brown cloth corners with "Abonnement Max Eschig" gilt to upper, titing gilt to spine. 1f. (recto dedication to Camille Saint-Saëns by Fauré, verso blank), 1f. (recto title, verso publisher's note), 1f. (recto named cast list for the Monte Carlo and Paris premieres, verso table of contents), 1f. (recto table of contents, verso blank), 274 pp. Preliminary leaves printed in red and black.
Handstamps of Heugel & Cie. and Max Eschig to lower margin of cast list; printer's note to lower margin of p. 274.
Binding worn, rubbed, stained, and scuffed; front pastedown slightly cockled; front free endpaper with small tear to outer margin. Some soiling, and foxing; leaves guarded at inner margins; dedication and final leaf browned; occasional small tears and perforations to blank margins, not affecting music; several pages with markings in pencil.
Second version. OCLC no. 6402779.
Pénélope, to a libretto by René Fauchois, was first performed at the Opéra in Monte Carlo on March 4, 1913.
"Although he admired the conductor, Léon Jehin, Fauré regarded the Monte Carlo première (with Bréval in the title role) as a try-out for the Paris production two months later (Champs-Elysées), again with Bréval but with Louis Hasselmans conducting; this started well but was overshadowed by a Dyagilev season with the premières of Debussy’s Jeux and Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring... Outwardly unsensational and unspectacular, concerned not with doomed love but with a marriage lasting and happy in spite of the strain of external events, composed in a bare, economical, pared-down musical style in which Fauré clothes feelings running at high tension below the surface, Pénélope does not try to seduce the wider operatic public." Ronald Crichton in Grove Music Online. Item #26213
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