Milano: Ricordi [PNs 13931-55], [December 1842].
Oblong folio. Contemporary dark blue cloth with decorative blindstamping, gilt rules to edges and spine, "E.P. Mavromihali" stamped in gilt to upper. 1f. (title within decorative dark yellow border), [ii] (recto named cast list, verso listing 25 numbers), 3-275 pp. Engraved. Each individual number with separate pagination. With overpaste of the contemporary music seller Domenico Vicentini of Trieste to title.
Cast list includes Eugenia Tadolini as Linda, Agostino Rovere, Napoleone Moriani, Prospero Derivis, Felice Varese, and Marietta Brambilla.
With early musical embellishments to Linda's part in Number 12 (p. 127) and additional occasional performance markings in pencil.
Binding worn, rubbed and bumped at extremities. Slightly worn; some minor foxing; minor thumbing to lower outer corners; very minor staining to lower margin of final leaves; occasional vertical creasing; upper margin trimmed, occasionally just affecting printed area and titles but with no loss of music.
Second edition (first Italian edition), published just months after the first edition published in Vienna in May of 1842. Bergamo catalogue 46. Inzaghi IN. 73, p. 192. Crawford pp. 146-7 (incorrectly describing this as the first edition).
A melodramma semiserio in three acts to a libretto by Gaetano Rossi after Adolphe-Philippe d'Ennery and Gustave Lemoine's play La grace de Dieu, Linda di Chamounix was first performed in Vienna at the Kartnerthortheater on May 19, 1842.
"The score of Linda is a monument to Donizetti's unfailing good taste, from the finely crafted overture to the final ensemble... Along with Bellini, Donizetti epitomized the Italian Romantic spirit of the 1830s... If Bellini expressed Italian Romanticism in its most concentrated form, Donizetti compensated by a greater versatility and resource and a stronger feeling for dramatic movement. He also had the benefit of a more thorough musical training under Mayr and Mattei, and this contributed much to his superior fluency of technique and invention." TNG II online.
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