Milano: Francesco Lucca [PNs 13851-13876], . Folio. Dark gold cloth-backed wrappers. 1f. (recto with lithographic illustration of a scene from the opera, verso blank). 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 1f. (recto named cast list, verso table of contents with plate and page numbers), 247, [i] (blank) pp. Engraved. Text in Italian.
Named cast includes Giuseppe Morini, Giorgio Atry, Luigi Colonnese, Vincenzo Paraboschi, Leonilda Boschetti, Maria Gualtieri, and Prassede Dompieri.
Lacking upper wrapper, lower worn and soiled. Slightly worn, and soiled; margins and outer leaves foxed; occasional fraying, perforations, chips, and small tears not affecting music; upper portions of some leaves dampstained.
First Italian Edition of the second version. OCLC no. 16852458.
Faust was first performed at the Théâtre Lyrique in Paris on March 19th 1859 in a version with spoken dialogue; recitatives were added in 1860, and a ballet in 1869. The libretto by Barbier and Carre is based on Goethe, but focuses on the love story between Faust and Marguerite.
"The historical importance of Faust is that it sounded a new note in French music. The conventional pomposities of the grand opera which then dominated the stage were superseded by a more intimate and poetic approach. The fashion Gounod set was one of conversational exchange rather than declamation." James Harding: Gounod, p. 114. Item #26503
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