Berlin: Bote & G. Bock [PN 15448], [ca. 1905].
Large octavo. Disbound.  (title),  (notes on first performance, cast list, and contents), 3-93, [i] (blank) pp. Text in German only.
Spine reinforced with white cloth tape to spine. Edges of title slightly browned; occasional minor edge tears and chips.
Le fifre enchanté, ou Le soldat magicien, to a libretto by Nuitter and Tréfeu, was first performed in Bad Ems on July 12, 1864 and in Paris at the Bouffes-Parisiens on September 30, 1868.
"[Offenbach] was, with Johann Strauss (ii), one of the two composers of outstanding significance in popular music of the 19th century and the composer of some of the most exhilaratingly gay and tuneful music ever written... Moreover, it was through the success of Offenbach’s works abroad that operetta became an established international genre, producing outstanding national exponents in Strauss, Sullivan and Lehár and evolving into the 20th-century musical." Andrew Lamb in Grove Music Online.
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