Milano: G. Ricordi [PNs 5900-5775, 5901-11]. Oblong folio. Newly bound in half dark red morocco with marbled boards, spine in decorative compartments gilt, titling gilt, original light pink printed wrappers bound in. 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 1f. (recto named cast list, verso index of 14 numbers) 173, [i] (blank) pp. Engraved. Each number separately paginated in addition to continuous pagination.
With Ricordi's office in Firenze and agents Launer in Paris and Boosey in London, together with privilege number 36347-4789, to both upper wrapper and title; price for piano solo score Fr. 15 and for illustrated edition Fr. 20 to upper wrapper.
Named cast includes Donzelli as Pollione, Negrini as Oroveso, Pasta as Norma, Giuletta Grisi as Adalgisa, Sacchi as Clotilde, and Lombardi as Flavio.
Wrappers somewhat worn and soiled, partially restored, front free endpaper creased. Title slightly soiled; occasional staining and repairs. A very good, attractive copy overall.
First Edition, second issue (distinguished by the presence of continuous pagination). Lippmann 386. Crawford p. 30. Rare.
Norma, in two acts to a libretto by Felice Romani after Alexandre Soumet’s verse tragedy Norma, was first performed in Milan at the Teatro alla Scala on December 26, 1831.
"With Norma, the most ambitious of his operas, Bellini created a work of extraordinary lyrical and dramatic beauty. Through melody of a kind that had not been written before or has been since, the structure of the music expresses a tragedy that is virtually of epic scale." Galatopoulos: Bellini, p. 242.
"Norma has always been revered above other Italian operas of the period... The title role is one of the most taxing and wide-ranging parts in the entire repertory: a noble character whose tragedy lies in her fatal love for an enemy of her people. The many different aspects of Norma’s temperament are marvellously drawn by Bellini, not only in the aria ‘Casta diva’, but also in the superb duets with Adalgisa and Pollione, and in the ensemble in the finale of Act 2, where Bellini reaches his peak as a musical dramatist." Simon Maguire and Elizabeth Forbes in Grove Music Online. Item #28026
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