New York: Broude Brothers, . Large octavo. Original publisher's light ivory wrappers printed in red and blue. 1f. (recto half title, verso blank), 1f. (recto title, verso printer's note), 1f. (blank), 1f. (recto facsimile of title illustrated by B. Delaroche, verso blank), 7 (introduction), [i] (named cast list), [i] (blank), [ii] (incipits), [i] (blank), 1f. (full-page illustration), 251, [i] (blank) pp.
Named cast for the 1784 production includes Maillard, Joinville, Audinot, Buret, Lainez, Lays, Chéron, Larrivée, Rousseau, Chardini, and Moreau.
An opéra-ballet in three acts to a libretto by Etienne Morel de Chédeville, La Caravane du Caire was first performed in Paris at Fontainebleau on October 30, 1783.
"La caravane du Caire was the most successful of Grétry’s lighter large-scale works, being seen at the Paris Opéra frequently up to 1829, in more than 500 performances. Grétry’s melodic and orchestral skills were heard to advantage in the dances; the score also contains important chorus music, including double choruses with contrasted motifs, and a variety of ensembles. Instrumental forces include a triangle and a harp. Tradition has it that the libretto was partially written by the Count of Provence, later Louis XVIII." David Charlton in Grove Music Online.
Number 12 in the Broude Brothers series Chefs-d'Œuvre Classiques de l'Opéra Français. Item #28752
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