Milano: G. Ricordi E C. [PN 119039], . Large octavo. Original publisher's boards illustrated in color by C. Fratino. 1f. (half-title), [i] (frontispiece illustration of the composer), [i] (copyright notice), 1f. (title), 1f. (dedication to the memory of Ercole Luigi Morselli), 1f. (cast list), 1f. (table of contents), 1f. (part-title with decorative device), 319, [i] (blank) pp.
Publisher's blindstamp dated April 23 to inner lower margins of preliminary leaves. Publisher's decorative postage-style stamp by Cisari with a price of 40 lire pasted over original price (20 lire). With unpaginated part-title with decorative vignette by Cisari preceding prologue, epilogue, and both acts.
Boards slightly worn; corners bumped head and tail of spine slightly frayed. Rusted staples at inner margins; occasional light creasing, slightly affecting music. A very good copy overall.
First Edition of the first version. Scarce. OCLC no. 21821873.
Belfagor, to a libretto by Claudio Guastalla, after Ercole Luigi Morselli's play of the same name, was first performed in Milan at the Teatro alla Scala on April 16, 1923.
"As usual in Respighi... there is much to admire in the picturesque orchestration; and the best of the love music is radiantly beautiful. The harmony is sometimes bold by his standards, especially in the devil music which repeatedly features superimposed 4ths, perfect and augmented. The relatively familiar Belfagor overture (a concert piece based on material from the opera) brings some of the best ideas together in a conveniently compact form." John C.G. Waterhouse in Grove Music Online. Item #26288
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