Paris: Brandus et Cie., Troupenas et Cie. [B. et Cie. 5002], . Large octavo. Quarter dark blue cloth with marbled boards, spine in gilt-ruled compartments, titling gilt. 1f. (recto title within decorative border, verso blank),  (named cast list and contents), 2-323, [i] (blank) pp.
Named cast includes Audran, Jourdan, Mocker, Bataille, Palianti, Révilly, Darcioer, Lavoye, and Henri. Handstamp of "A. Duplay Ingénieur... Eaux-Nice" to front endpapers and title; publisher's facsimile signature handstamp to blank lower margin of title.
Binding slightly worn and shakebn; hinges split. Light to moderate foxing; dampstaining to inner margins; some signatures split.
First Edition, second issue.
Le val d’Andorre, to a libretto Saint-Georges, was first performed in Paris at the Opéra-Comique (Favart) on November 11, 1848. It was one of Halévy's principal comic operas.
"Wagner held Halévy’s work in high esteem (especially La Juive and La reine de Chypre) and drew attention to his sense of period achieved without recourse to mock-antique devices: ‘For my part’ he wrote, ‘I have never heard dramatic music which has transported me so completely to a particular historical epoch’. Berlioz admired certain parts of what he nonetheless called ‘cette misérable Juive’ and liked Le shérif and Le val d’Andorre. His view was that Halévy’s gifts were better suited to lighter genres, and it is clear that tripping rhythms, regular phrase lengths and brisk orchestration came easily to his pen." Hugh Macdonald in Grove Music Online. Item #28632
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