Paris: Choudens [PN A.C. 1005 (1012)], [ca. 1864].
Large octavo. Half dark red morocco with marbled boards, original publisher's dark ivory illustrated wrappers bound in. 1f. (recto title illustrated by V. Arouy, verso blank), 1f. (recto dedication, verso blank), [i] (named cast list and contents), 2-191, [i] (192-200), 201-242 pp.
Named cast includes Miolan-Carvalho, Morini, Ismaël, Petit, Faure-Léfèvre, Reboux, and Wartel.
Binding slightly worn, rubbed, and bumped; spine lacking; library bookplate to front pastedown; upper wrapper chipped with repair and with perforated handstamp, also to title. Slightly foxed and browned; tear to inner margin of first two leaves repaired; ex-library, with associated markings.
First Edition, later issue.
Mireille, to a libretto by Michel Carré after Frédéric Mistral, was first performed at the Lyrique on March 19, 1864.
"There are ... fine moments in Mireille, particularly in the title role where Gounod exhibits his particular talent for feminine characterization ... Mireille ... is a noteworthy contribution to the French lyric stage ... It presents the unsuitability of a love match because of difference in social status entirely within the framework of a rural agrarian society and transforms the daughter of a farmer into a tragic heroine."
"In his unceasing quest for what he saw as dramatic and spiritual truth, Gounod succeeded in restoring a higher sense of artistic purpose to the French stage, and in strictly musical terms his influence on the course of French music was substantial." Steven Huebner in Grove Music Online.
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