Paris: Bureau Central de Musique [PN B.C. 1170.], [ca. 1852]. Large octavo. Original publisher's light yellow wrappers with catalog to lower. 1f. (title), 1f. (table of contents), 262 pp. Engraved. Text in Italian. Housed in a custom-made dark brown full cloth folder.
Publisher's handstamp to lower margin of title.
Wrappers slightly worn and soiled. Occasional leaves with very minor stain to blank lower margin, not affecting music; scattered soiling and foxing; some signatures split at spine; table of contents with several small marks in blue crayon. Quite a good copy overall.
First complete French edition. Hopkinson 51(A)h. Chusid p. 106.
Luisa Miller, to a libretto by Salvadore Cammarano after Friedrich von Schiller's play Kabale und Liebe, was first performed at the Teatro S Carlo in Naples on December 8, 1849.
"The best of [Luisa Miller] sets a new standard in Verdian opera. By comparison even the finest of the earlier works takes on a poster-like quality – bold, exhilarating, maybe, yet lacking in depth. In Luisa Miller buds of poetry hinted at in I Due Foscari and parts of Il Corsaro and La Battaglia di Legnano burst into full flower. There is a new refinement of musical thought, a new concentration of lyrical elements within the dramatic scheme, in sum a more thorough resolution of the drama into terms of pure music." Budden Vol. I p. 446. Item #26654
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