Leipzig: Ludwig Doblinger (Bernhard Herzmansky) [PN D. 4161.], . Folio. Full contemporary brown cloth with titling gilt to upper, red speckled edges. 1f. (recto blank, verso facsimile dedication from Fall to Victor Léon), 1f. (recto illustrated title printed in dark red and black, verso cast list and table of contents), 3-76 pp. With supralinear text in German.
Binding slightly worn, soiled, and warped; minor loss to head of spine; endpapers slightly browned at margins, with small tear to rear free endpaper. Occasional light soiling and wear. A good, clean copy overall.
First Edition. OCLC no. 22744481.
Die geschiedene Frau, after Victorien Sardou's Divorçons!, was performed at the Carltheater in Vienna on December 23, 1908, conducted by the composer.
'[Fall] gave up conducting in 1906 and settled in Vienna to concentrate on operetta composition. Der fidele Bauer (1907), Die Dollarprinzessin (1907) and Die geschiedene Frau (1908) swiftly established him alongside Lehár and Oscar Straus in the forefront of the new generation of operetta composers and brought him international fame... Though never achieving the lasting success of Lehár, Fall composed some of the most captivating operetta music of the 20th century. He seemingly pandered much less to popular taste than to his own, combining a talent for glowing melody with a particular ability for setting rhythmically irregular, conversational texts. Like Lehár, he was unusual in operetta of the time in orchestrating his own works, and could draw from the orchestra a translucent sound, texturally more like chamber music." Andrew Lamb in Grove Music Online. Item #26934
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