Paris: Choudens [PN A.C. 738], [ca. 1866].
Large octavo. Quarter contemporary red calf with marbled boards, rules and titling gilt to spine, marbled endpapers. 1f. (title), [i] (named cast list for the first performance and table of contents), 148 pp. Lithographed. Text in French.
Handstamps of Choudens and E. Heu to lower margin of title. Printer's note to lower margin of table of contents.
Binding slightly worn, bumped, and scuffed; head of spine slightly torn. Some minor soiling; small tear to blank head of first two leaves.
Probable first issue of the second version. Lesure II, p. 108-109. OCLC no. 15150060.
The first performance of La Colombe took place at the Théatre de Bade in Baden-Baden on August 3, 1860, under the direction of Edouard Bénazet. An expanded version of the opera was staged at the Opéra-Comique in Paris in 1866.
"Gounod's 12 operas span a range of the generic types available in French lyric theatre. Smaller works such as Philémon et Baucis and La colombe strike a balance between spoken dialogue and set pieces typical of opéra comique of the second quarter of the 19th century: relatively small-scale numbers, with many strophic types among them, are joined by long passages of dialogue. Musical depictions of frivolity are relatively few by standards of the genre, contributing to the general tenor of these pieces as sentimental comedy." Steven Huebner in Grove Music Online.
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