Paris: Choudens [PN 9993], 1896.
Large octavo. Original publisher's gray decorative wrappers. 1f. (recto title, verso cast list and acts), 280 pp.
With occasional performance annotations in pencil and blue crayon.
Wrappers slightly soiled; numerical annotation in manuscript in red crayon to upper.
First German Edition.
Le chevalier d’Harmental, to a libretto after A. Dumas père and A. Maquet, was first performed at the Opéra Comique (Sarah Bernhardt) on May 5, 1896.
"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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