Paris: Choudens [PN A. C. 13849], [ca. 1907].
Large octavo. Quarter mid-tan calf with marbled boards, raised bands on spine with titling gilt; decorative endpapers; original publisher's ivory upper wrapper printed in red bound in. 1f. (title), 1f. (notes on first performance and named cast list), 1f. (contents), 299, [i] (blank) pp.
Named cast includes Fugère, Francell, Dufranne, Périer, Cazeneuve, Huberdeau, de Poumayrac, Guillamat, Marguerite Carré, la Palme, and Villette.
Some browning; small circular handstamp to title.
Second edition, second issue.
Fortunio, to a libretto by G.-A. de Caillavet and R. de Flers after A. de Musset's Le chandelier, was first performed in Paris at the Opéra Comique (Favart) on June 5, 1907.
"Messager’s style is characterized by fine orchestration (evident also in the ballet music), a gift for easy-flowing melody, often in a waltz rhythm, and a skill in writing music of a dance-like character... [His]contribution to French music, both through his own works and as conductor and promoter of opera, is undeniable, and was recognized as such by his musical contemporaries in many countries." John Wagstaff and Andrew Lamb in Grove Music Online.
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