[Paris]: [A. Durand & Fils] [Without PN], [ca. 1905]. Octavo. Black cloth-backed stiff paper boards with original publisher's wrapper laid down to upper. 234 pp. Engraved. Text in Italian.
With an autograph musical manuscript in the hand of the composer of a transposed Act I, Scene 5 tipped-in between pp. 38-39. 2 pp. of a bifolium. Octavo (ca. 268 x 167 mm). Notated in black ink on 16-stave pre-printed music paper. Titling ("Scene V") to upper margins of pp. 1-2; "Prosperine Piano" in manuscript to left of each system. Italian text underlay. Transposed to the key of E major (4 sharps) from the original G major (1 sharp) in the printed score (pp. 38-39). With breath marks and one small annotation in pencil above several systems.
Various autograph corrections and additions (transpositions, accidentals, dynamics, tempo and breath marks, slurs, etc.) by Saint-Saëns in pencil and red and black ink throughout the printed score.
Wrappers soiled, stained, and somewhat chipped. Slightly worn; occasional soiling to lower and outer margins. An attractive copy overall.
Proof copy of the second version, in a rare Italian edition. Worldcat (2 copies only, at the University of California Berkeley, and the Bibliothèque nationale de France; OCLC nos. 21831869; 844354713). This source unknown to Ratner.
Proserpine, to a libretto by Louis Gallet after August Vacquerie, was first performed at the Opéra Comique (Favart) on March 14, 1887.
"Like Mozart, to whom he was often compared, [Saint-Saëns] was a brilliant craftsman, versatile and prolific, who contributed to every genre of French music. He was one of the leaders of the French musical renaissance of the 1870s." Sabina Teller Ratner et al. in Grove Music Online. Item #26599
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