Dresden: C.E. Meser (Hermann Müller) [PNs 275, 275.3, H.M. 275.7], [ca. 1860]. Folio. Full early dark green cloth with titling gilt to upper, spine in gilt-ruled compartments. 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 3-274 pp. Title lithographed. Music engraved.
Binding slightly worn, soiled, and bumped; partially split at hinges; front free endpaper slightly stained. Occasional light soiling, staining, and foxing; slight loss to lower outer margins of several leaves; pp. 83-85 frayed at lower margin and partially detached; occasional repairs.
First Edition, later issue (without dedication, cast list, and table of contents). Deathridge, Geck & Voss p. 234 XVI. Cf. Klein pp. 18-19. Fuld p. 229.
In three acts with text after Heinrich Heine's "Aus den Memoiren des Herren von Schnabelewopski, " Der fliegende Holländer was first performed in Dresden on January 2, 1843 at the Königlich Sächsisches Hoftheater. "The first work of Wagner's maturity, Der fliegende Holländer brings together several ingredients characteristic of the later works, notably the single-minded attention given to the mood and colour of the drama, and the themes of suffering by a Romantic outsider and of redemption by a faithful woman. The initial stages of a tendency towards dissolution of numbers and towards a synthesis of text and music also endorse Wagner's assertion that with the Holländer began his career as a true poet." Barry Millington in Grove Music Online. Item #26495
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