Paris: Imbault [PN 100], [ca. 1787]. Folio. Full contemporary green vellum with large rectangular dark red morocco label gilt to upper with text within decorative borders gilt: "Au Nom de la Républiq. Frse. Premier Prix de Piano Decerné au Cen. Joseph Zimmermann Eléve au Conservre. de Musiqe. An 9." and dark red title label gilt to spine. 1f. (title), 235, [i] (blank) pp. Engraved. Text in French.
A presentation copy to the noted French pianist, teacher, and composer Pierre-Joseph-Guillaume Zimmermann (1785-1853).
Publisher's handstamp to lower margin of title.
Binding worn, rubbed and bumped; spine torn and partially detached. Slightly worn and soiled; light to moderate foxing; small binder's holes to upper inner margins; tear to lower portion of pp. 193-194 somewhat crudely repaired; minor loss to lower outer corner of p. 199, slightly affecting music.
First Edition, later issue. RISM A/I/7 S 199. BUC p. 912.
First performed at Versailles on January 4, 1786, Oedipe a Colonne was Sacchini's last completed opera, produced posthumously and widely acclaimed by contemporaries and historians alike. "Indeed, the many choruses and scenes of spectacle in his last operas not only show the strong influence of Gluck but also point the way to the grand opera of Spontini. Dardanus and Oedipe emerge as true lyric dramas from which all unnecessary ritornellos and airs have been shorn... With his masterpiece, Oedipe, Sacchini admirably achieved a synthesis of Italian melodic style and Gluckian principles within a French dramatic framework." TNG Vol. 16 p. 372.
"The son of a Paris piano maker, [Zimmermann] entered the Conservatoire in 1798 to study piano with Boieldieu and harmony with J.-B. Rey and then Catel. In 1800 he won a premier prix for piano (over Kalkbrenner) and in 1802 a premier prix in harmony; later he studied composition with Cherubini. From 1811 he assisted in teaching the piano at the Conservatoire and in 1816 was appointed professor. In 1821 he was selected to succeed A.-F. Eler as professor of counterpoint and fugue, but decided to teach the piano only and the vacant post went to Fétis. He was one of the most influential French keyboard teachers of his time; his pupils included Franck, Alkan, Louis Lacombe, Ambroise Thomas, Bizet and A.-F. Marmontel (who succeeded him in 1848). He also taught Gounod (who became his son-in-law). He retired early from public performance in order to devote himself to teaching and composition. His Encyclopédie du pianiste (1840) was intended to train the pianist both as executant and composer. He was a Chevalier of the Légion d'Honneur." Fréderic Robert in Grove Music Online. Item #26491
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