Paris: Ph. Maquet & Cie. [PN B. & Cie. 12078], [ca. 1888]. Octavo. Dark red leather-backed textured paper boards, spine in compartments gilt with titling gilt. 1f. (decorative title with copyright notice to verso), 1f. (named cast list for the first performance and table of contents), 269, [i] (blank) pp. Lithographed.
Binding slightly worn, rubbed, and bumped, with som abrasion to upper; tail of spine slightly defective. Uniformly browned; minor offsetting; occasional light soiling and staining to margins, not affecting music. Handstamped "3,718" to final page of music.
A reissue of the first edition originally published by Brandus in 1876. Scarce. Worldcat (5 copies only). OCLC nos. 864205582, 19008410, 81845610.
La Petite Mariée was first performed at the Théâtre de la Renaissance in Paris on December 21, 1875. "[Lecocq] confirmed his international reputation with La petite mariée (1875) and Le petit duc (1878), both of which have remained in the French operetta repertory... Much of Lecocq’s music is characterized by a light touch, but he could also adopt a more lyrical and elevated style than Offenbach and termed several of his operettas opéras comiques." His greatest operettas "demonstrate his abundant flow of pleasing melodies, his deft exploitation of rhythm for a lively theatrical effect, impressive building up of extended numbers, and typically French shaping of phrases." Andrew Lamb in Grove Music Online. Item #26629
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