Bonn: N Simrock [PN] 1136, [ca. 1815]. Oblong folio. Marbled boards with black leather title label gilt to spine.  (title),  (blank),  (cast list and table of contents), 4-159, [i] (blank) pp. Title lithographed. Cast, contents, and music engraved.
Early numbering in manuscript ("73") in black ink to upper outer corner of title.
Binding slightly worn. Minor bleeding; margins of several leaves with very light, scattered foxing and soiling. A very attractive copy overall.
A very early edition of the piano-vocal score of the third version, issued less than a year after the first edition. Hirsch IV, 1138. Hoboken 2, 322. New Kinsky p. 450.
The third version of Beethoven's only opera (originally entitled Leonore) was first performed May 23rd 1814 in Vienna. For this revision, the libretto of the first version, by Sonnleithner after Bouilly, was reworked by the poet G. F. Treitschke, and Beethoven made numerous changes to the score, including a new overture (now known as the Fidelio overture). The first version had premiered November 20th 1805; it was not a success, and Beethoven had made drastic cuts for its revival on March 29th 1806 before withdrawing the work altogether. "From the somewhat servile echoes of French and German light opera in the opening numbers, he [Beethoven] moved on to find an increasingly individual and elevated voice..." The New Grove Vol. 2, p. 383. Item #26730
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