Paris: Choudens [PN A.C. 17993], [ca. 1980]. Large octavo. Original publisher's ivory wrappers illustrated wrappers printed in turquoise and dark blue. 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 1f. (recto dedication, verso blank), 1f. (recto contents, verso blank), 291, [i] (blank) pp. Unopened.
Wrappers very slightly creased.
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. Item #28829
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