Budapest - Lipcse [=Leipzig]: Rózsavölgyi és Társa [PN R & Co. 2792], [ca. 1893]. Folio. Original publisher's dark orange cloth-backed decorative boards with upper printed in green, blue, silver, and black ink with small circular portrait gilt of composer in relief, decorative endpapers. 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 1f. (recto foreword by Peter Somogyi, verso cast list), 1f. (recto decorative title to Act I, verso blank), 3-329, [i] (publisher's catalogue). In Hungarian and German.
With handstamps of the Bibliothek der General-Intendantur der Königl. Schauspiele in Berlin to blank margins of several pages.
Binding somewhat worn and slightly rubbed and bumped. Occasional light soiling; margins lightly browned; several leaves slightly turned and creased at lower outer corners. A good copy overall.
First Edition. Sources vary on the date of publication. IMSLP cites 1893, but library catalogues cite slightly later dates, some incorrectly dating the edition to the 1860s. The only edition related to the opera that actually appeared in print in the 1860s was a collection of excerpts arranged for piano solo (same publisher; PN R. & C. 677; 95 pp.).
First performed at the National Theater in Pest on March 9, 1861.
"Bánk bán represents an important stage in the development of Hungarian opera. It is widely regarded as the most significant Hungarian opera of its time... As the fruit of many years of idiomatic development, Bánk bán represents a high point in Erkel’s output; his development thereafter took different directions and he never again succeeded in writing with such naturalness and vitality." Dezső Legány in Grove Music Online. Item #26929
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