King Arthur A Trilogy of lyrical dramas founded on the Morte d'Arthur of Sir Thomas Malory Le Roi Arthus Trilogie lyrique tirée de la Mort d'Arthur de Thomas Malory... Première Journée Merlin Drame en trois actes Texte anglais et Version française de Maurice Kufferath Partition pour chant et piano Prix net: 20 francs. [Piano-vocal score]

Paris: Mutuelle [PN E. 3092.M.], 1906. Folio. Original publisher's dark red printed wrappers highlighted in gold. [i] (title in English and French), [i] (blank), [i] (dedication), [ii] (characters in English and French), [i] (blank), 293, [1] (blank) pp. Text in English and French.

Wrappers worn; edged slightly chipped; lower slightly discoloured; spine torn at tail and reinforced with tape. Slightly worn.

First Edition. Scarce.

First performed at the Tivoli theater in Barcelona on December 18, 1950

?On 22 June 1897 [Albeniz's opera] Pepita, conducted by Franz Schalk, was produced in German at the German Theatre in Prague to great praise. Angelo Neumann, manager of the theatre, contracted Albéniz to compose two stage works, which did not however materialize. Instead, the composer embarked on a trilogy, King Arthur, to a libretto by Money-Coutts. Albéniz’s talent for inventing attractive vocal lines woven around a vibrant orchestral fabric had formed the compositional basis for Clifford and Pepita, operas that succeed from moment to moment. The immense undertaking of a trilogy, however, daunted rather than excited Albéniz’s imagination. Contrary to his usual speed, Albéniz took four years to finish Merlin (1898–1902), Lancelot was left incomplete after the beginning of the second act and Guenevere remained untouched." Frances Barulich in Grove Music Online. Item #27660

Price: $200.00  other currencies

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