London: Boosey & Hawkes [PN 19405], . Large octavo. Original publisher's full blue cloth boards with composer's initials blindstamped to upper and titling gilt to spine. [i] (half-title), [ii] (German title), [iii] (English title), [iv] (copyright information), [v] (dedication), [vi] (characters in German), [vii] (characters in English), [viii] (notes on first performance in German), [ix] (notes on first performance in English), [x] (orchestration), 514 pp. With text in English and German.
Binding very slightly worn. Small price handstamp to free front endpaper.
First performed at Glyndebourne on June 20, 1947.
"Though Albert Herring may now seem rather dated in the treatment of its subject-matter, the energy and unaffected lyricism of Britten’s music have not faded, reflecting his evident delight in the special possibilities of chamber opera. It also confirms that he was perfectly capable of writing comic opera: in this respect Albert Herring fulfils the promise of Paul Bunyan, and many may regret that he made only one other contribution to the genre, A Midsummer Night’s Dream." Arnold Whittall in Grove Music Online. Item #27939
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