Milano: G. Ricordi & C. [PN 119772], . Large octavo. Newly bound in quarter charcoal gray cloth with mottled paper boards, printed title label to spine. [i] (half-title with vignette printed in dark sepia), [i] (copyright notice), 1f. (bust-length frontispiece photograph of the composer by Platinotipia Bertieri in Torino-Mentone, with facsimile autograph signature to lower margin), 1f. (title), 1f. (table of contents), 1f. (cast list), 1f. (lists of cast members, instrumentalists, and other personnel for the first performance), 1f. (part-title with vignette printed in dark sepia), 1f. (scene description for Act I), 398 pp., 1f. (small device printed in dark sepia).
Publisher's blindstamp dated March, 26 to lower inner margins of initial leaves. Decorative upper board, head- and tailpieces, vignettes, and devices by Cisari. Three unpaginated leaves with small device, part title with vignette, and printed scene description, respectively, precede each act; one unpaginated leaf with printed scene description precedes each "quadro."
Lower portion of two endpapers and frontispiece with some soiling, not affecting portrait. Cropped at upper and outer margins, affecting several barlines; several leaves with light rustmarks or professional repairs to blank inner margins; occasional annotations or underlining in pencil and orange crayon.
First Edition of the first version. Hopkinson 12A. Schickling 91.E.1.
Turandot, to a libretto by Giuseppe Adami and Renato Simoni after Carlo Gozzi's dramatic fairy-tale, was first performed at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan on April 25, 1926.
"There is no Italian opera, before Turandot, in which such an organic attempt is made to integrate music and drama... Puccini was now at the height of his powers, inventing colouristic effects which are violent and jewel-like at the same time... Unfortunately Puccini did not complete his last masterpiece, but if he had lived he would have worked to remove every incongruity, as he had done on other occasions. We are left with a splendid and exceptionally extensive ‘fragment’, produced by an artist at the peak of his creative and intellectual form." Gabriella Biagi Ravenni and Michele Girardi in Grove Music Online. Item #26855
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