Zagreb: The Author, 1932. Folio. Full modern dark green cloth with black cloth title label gilt to spine. 1f. (recto title, verso copyright notice), 1f. (recto cast list, verso scene description of Act I), 5-242 pp. Facsimile of manuscript. Text in Croatian and German. With scene description preceding each act.
First Edition. Scarce. Worldcat (4 copies only, only one of which is in the U.S., at the University of Georgia. OCLC nos. 36598269, 472362327, 873430812.
Scattered minor foxing; occasional light creasing and staining to lower outer corners. An attractive copy overall.
- Marchand, René. 1 typed and 1 autograph letter, 2 pp. each. Folio. Dated Paris, September 13, 1934. In French. Marchand writes to an opera director and a Monsieur Loiseau about mounting one or more performances of Morana, "uncontestably the best Yugoslav work to date." Marchand has sent a copy of the score, along with information about a production in Prague, to Loiseau. Slightly worn, foxed, and creased.
Morana, Gotovac's most successful work, was first performed in Brno on November 29, 1930.
Gotovac was a Croatian composer and conductor at the Zagreb opera. He "wrote his most important works in the period between the two world wars; he was one of the representatives of the so-called national style, using characteristic elements of folk music in his own idiom and focussing on themes from peasant life... In general his music is homophonic and simple in harmonic structure." Krešlimir Kovačević and Koraljka Kos in Grove Music Online. Item #26411
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