Braunschweig: Musik-Comtoir [PN 42], [ca. 1804]. Oblong folio. Marbled wrappers with rectangular manuscript title label to upper. 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 1f. (recto named cast list, verso blank), 2-54, [i] (blank) pp. Engraved. Text in French and German.
Named cast includes Mr. Denys, Mr. Colin, Mlle. Duquenoy, Mdme. Bursay, Mr. Henry Bursay.
Overpaste "In Augsburg in der Gombartischen Musikhandlung" to lower margin of title. Cast list with printed note regarding the first Braunschweig performance on "June 11."
Wrappers somewhat worn and chipped; spine reinforced with dark brown tape. Lightly worn, soiled, and foxed internally; small contemporary price in manuscript to lower outer corner of title.
Probable first German edition. Scarce. Not in BUC. Worldcat (6 copies only, none in the U.S.). OCLC no. 475860735.
Le médecin turc, an opéra-bouffon to a libretto by P. Villiers and A. Gouffé, was first performed in Paris at the Opéra-Comique (Théâtre Feydeau) on November 19, 1803.
"Isouard played an important part in the Italian influence on French music between the Empire and the beginning of the Restoration... Secure craftsmanship, gained through the study of Neapolitan practice, went hand in hand with his melodic gift, the mainstay of his reputation; and he had an unfailing instinct for matching in music the tone of the words." David Charlton and Marie Briquet in Grove Music Online. Item #26941
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