[Milano]: [R. Stabilimento Musicale Ricordi] [PNs 19621-19643], [ca. 1860]. Folio. Original publisher's light tan wrappers with printed label to upper: "Macbeth di G. Verdi Propietà esclusiva del R. Stabilimento Musicale Ricordi. " 291, [i] (blank) pp. Each number with its own price and secondary pagination.
Signed and dated "Sigr. Mo. Vincenzo Lombardi 17-10-903" in pencil to recto of lower wrapper. Occasional markings and minor annotations in blue crayon, black ink, and pencil.
Wrappers soiled with some loss, especially to lower outer corner of upper; spine split and reinforced with black tape. Signatures loosely bound; several pages partially detached; upper margins slightly cockled; occasional creasing; small tears, perforations, and stains, occasionally affecting music; first and final leaves browned.
Proof copy of a new revised edition of the first version of the opera (same plate numbers but considerably enlarged). Rare. Worldcat (3 copies of the published edition only, at the Newberry, Harvard, and the University of Nebraska, Lincoln). OCLC no. 53004966. Not in Chusid. Not in Hopkinson, but cf. 46A(a).
Macbeth, to a libretto by Francesco Maria Piave (with additional material by Andrea Maffei) after William Shakespeare's play, was first performed in Florence at the Teatro della Pergola on March 14, 1847.
"There is no doubt that Verdi’s frequently voiced perception of the 1847 Macbeth as an especially important work, ennobled by its Shakespearean theme, was one that he successfully converted into dramatic substance. Much of the opera shows an attention to detail and sureness of effect unprecedented in earlier works. This holds true as much for the ‘conventional’ numbers, such as Lady Macbeth’s opening aria or the subsequent duet with Macbeth, as for formal experiments like the Macbeth-Banquo duettino in Act 1. What is more, the new standard set by Macbeth was one that Verdi rarely retreated from in subsequent works." Roger Parker in Grove Music Online. Item #26339
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