Paris: G. Brandus & S. Dufour [PN B. et D. 11744], . Large octavo. Full red cloth with "Library of Sigmund Romberg" gilt to upper, titling gilt to spine. 1f. (recto title illustrated title by Jannin & Denis, verso blank), 1f. (recto notes on first performance, named cast list, and contents, verso blank), 245, [i] (blank) pp.
Named cast for the first performance in Brussels on March 16, 1872 at the Théâtre des Fantaisies-Parisiennes includes Mario Widmer, Jolly, Charlier, Nardin, Durieu, Haly, Ernotte, Rineval, Achille, Goitte, Gentien, Delorme, Dubouchet, Guénin, Debeer, O. Vallot, and Camille; and for the first performance in Paris at the Théâtre des Variétés on May 13, 1872 Berthelier, Kopp, Hittemans, Léonce, Blondelet, Alex. Michel, D. Bac, Bordier, Duval, Millaux, Van-Ghell, G. Gauthier, A. Regnault, Bessy, A. Schneider, Argème, and Schweska.
Ex-library, with The Library of The Universioty of California Los Angeles bookplate and "withdrawn" stamp, etc. to front pastedown. Binding very slightly rubbed and bumped; spine slightly faded, with remnant of label to foot. Minor to moderate foxing; several pages trimmed, just touching pagination; small tears to inner margin of title with tape repairs, publisher's facsimile signature handstamp to lower margin.
First Edition, [?]later issue.
Les cent vierges, to a libretto by Clairville, Chivot, and Duru, was first performed in Brussels at the Fantaisies-Parisiennes on March 16 or 17, 1872.
"In Brussels, where Lecocq lived for several years from 1870, the popular acclaim accorded his operettas Les cent vierges (1872), La fille de Madame Angot (1872) and Giroflé-Girofla (1874), all of which were later produced with great success in Paris and abroad, established him as a natural successor to Offenbach..."
"Much of Lecocq’s music is characterized by a light touch, but he could also adopt a more lyrical and elevated style than Offenbach and termed several of his operettas opéras comiques. His greatest popular triumph, La fille de Madame Angot, has remained a classic among operettas, and demonstrates Lecocq’s abundant flow of pleasing melodies, his deft exploitation of rhythm for a lively theatrical effect, impressive building up of extended numbers, and typically French shaping of phrases." Andrew Lamb in Grove Music Online.
Romberg (1887-1951), a Hungarian-born American composer and conductor known particularly for the original operettas he created during the 1920s "worked with such legendary librettists as Oscar Hammerstein II and Dorothy Fields, is an important link between Viennese operetta and the mature American musical theatre. Romberg was also an avid collector of musical scores, and his personal music library, purchased by the University of California after his death, contained over 4500 items. Archives of his manuscripts, performance materials and orchestral materials are held at the Library of Congress, the New York Public Library, the Shubert Archive and the University of California." William A. Everett in Grove Music Online. Item #28381
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