Paris: Éditions Francis Salabert [PN E.A.S. 2354], 1923.
Quarto. Full dark green cloth library binding, titling and shelf number gilt to spine. 1f. (dedication), 1f. (title), 1f. (notes on first performance and named cast list), 1f. (contents), 135, [i] (blank) pp.
Named cast includes Yvonne Printemps, Marthe Ferrare, Marie Dubas, Reine Bernède, Duplessis, Duval, Cornet, Sacha Guitry, Louis Maurel, Urban, Pierre Darmant, L. Kerly, Henri Garat, Marin, Robert Jugain, and de Size.
From the collection of noted American conductor and composer Sigmund Romberg (1887-1951), with "Library of Sigmund Romberg" gilt to lower outer corner of upper board.
Binding slightly worn, with remnants of label to spine; library bookplate to front pastedown with "withdrawn" stamped in red. Outer margins trimmed, not affecting music; perforated doodles to first leaf; library handstamp to third leaf.
L’amour masqué, to a libretto by S. Guitry, was first performed on February 15, 1923.
"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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