London: Novello and Company [PN 8146], [ca. 1891]. Large octavo. Original publisher's dark ivory wrappers printed in dark orange. 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 1f. (recto argument, verso blank), 1f. (index), 135, [i] (printer's' device), 1f. (publisher's catalogue) pp.
Wrappers somewhat worn and torn; portions of spine lacking at head and tail. Minor wear to outer margins of first six leaves.
First performed in Vienna at the Burgtheater on October 5, 1762, in Italian, to a libretto by Ranieri de’ Calzabigi, and in Paris at the Opéra on August 2, 1774, in French, to a libretto by Pierre Louis Moline after Calzabigi.
"Orfeo ed Euridice was the first of Gluck’s three so-called reform operas written with Ranieri de’ Calzabigi (the other two were Alceste and Paride ed Elena) in which a ‘noble simplicity’ in the action and the music was intended to replace the complicated plots and florid musical style of opera seria." Jeremy Hayes in Grove Music Online. Item #28576
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