Berlin: Schlesinger'schen Buch u. Musikhandlung [PN S. 1997.], [ca. 1836]. Folio. Full dark blue textured cloth, titling gilt to spine. 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 1f. (recto cast list and thematic table of contents, verso blank), 3-152 pp. Engraved. Text in German and French.
With a rare early 4-page catalogue of music published by Schlesinger 1840-1841 bound in at rear.
Publisher's and Stadtheater-Gesellschaft in Hamburg stamps to preliminary leaves and lower margin of p. 152.
Binding and endpapers slightly worn and stained. Minor to moderate internal foxing; margins very slightly browned; occasional light wear and soiling.
Probable First German Edition. Scarce. Worldcat (4 copies only). OCLC nos. 41873282, 632303285.
The first German performance of the work took place in Berlin on August 3, 1836.
L'eclair, to a libretto by Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and F.A. Eugène de Planard, was first performed at the Opéra-Comique (Salle de la Bourse) in Paris on December 16, 1835.
"L’éclair was the most successful of Halévy’s opéras comiques, following hard on the heels of his most successful grand opera La Juive... The music is brisk, witty, and abundant in key changes and sudden shifts." Hugh Macdonald in Grove Music Online. Item #26421
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