Paris: Enoch Frères & Costallat [E.F. & C. 1140], [ca. 1885].
Large octavo. Full maroon cloth, titling gilt to spine. 1f. (decorative title in maroon), 1f. (dedication), [i] (notes on first performance, named cast list, and contents), 2-239, [i] (blank) pp.
Named cast includes Vauthier, Maugé, Gerpré, Murator, Durieu, Guerchet, Jeanne Grainer, Mily-Meyer, Feljas, Ducouret, and Paravicini.
Music seller's handstamp to lower outer corner of front free endpaper.
First Edition, [?]later issue.
La Béarnaise, to a libretto by Leterrier and Vanloo), was first performed in Paris at the Bouffes Parisien on December 12, 1885.
"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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