Leipzig: Breitkopf und Härtel, [ca. 1795]. Oblong folio. Original publisher's printed wrappers with titling in French. [i] (title), [i] (cast list and table of contents), 128 pp. Typeset. Uncut. Text in French and German.
Wrapper with contemporary manuscript shelf mark ("3239") and manuscript correction ("deux" printed above a crossed-out "trois") to titling. Handstamps of the Haydn Museum in Vienna (with "ausgeschieden" handstamped over the second), and of F.X. Ascher's Musikallenhandlung to upper wrapper and title.
Upper wrapper worn and foxed, with minor repairs and slight loss; lower lacking.Moderate foxing, occasionally heavier; margins of some leaves and final leaf soiled; edges of first leaves frayed.
First Edition. Bellasis, p. 321. RISM A/I/11 CC2028 I, 202. BUC p. 186. OCLC no. 234176301.
Elisa (Elise), to a libretto by Jacques-Antoine Reveroni de Saint-Cyr, was first performed at the Théâtre Feydeau in Paris on December 13, 1794.
"This work typifies the ‘rescue opera’ genre which, though dating from the mid-18th century, became popular early in the French Revolution... the piece held the stage in France for some time and was frequently performed in Germany, where it was reviewed enthusiastically (AMZ, 5 Jan 1803)... Though labelled ‘opéra’ by Cherubini, this work conforms to the opéra comique form by virtue of its spoken dialogue; in fact, it demonstrates Cherubini’s development of the genre. The musical numbers are no longer pauses in the plot, allowing a character to sing quickly a couple of stanzas expressing his sentiments; they scintillate with action and display a continuity which sometimes makes the spoken dialogue seem like an intrusion. Elisa is considered by some to be the most consciously romantic of Cherubini’s operas." Stephen C. Willis in Grove Music Online. Item #26441
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