Paris: C. Joubert [PN B. & Cie. 12823], [ca. 1890].
Large octavo. Quarter red calf with red pebbled paper boards, raised bands on spine in ruled compartments, titling gilt. 1f. (recto title illustrated by E. Buval, verso notes on first performance and named cast list), 1f. (recto contents, verso notes), x, 252, [ii] (252bis-252ter), 253-278 pp.
Named cast includes Berthelier, Vauthier, Scipioin, E. Montaubry, Charvet, Lauret, Dubois, Prosper, Vaillant-Couturier, Élise Clary, Felcourt, Morianne, Lucy-Jane, Ducouret, Norette, Varennes, and Eymard;
Binding slightly worn, bumped, and scuffed. Slightly browned; some signatures split or partially split; occasional minor edge chips and tears, not affecting music; small circular handstamp to lower margin of title.
First Edition, later issue.
Le coeur et la main, to a libretto by Nuitter and Beaumont, was first performed in Paris at the Nouveautés on October 19, 1882.
"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.
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