Paris: G. Hartmann [PN G.H. 1571], [ca. 1885]. Large octavo. Auarter dark red cloth with textured red cloth boards, spine in compartments gilt, titling gilt; marbled endpapers. 1f. (recto half-title within decorative border, verso blank), 1f. (recto illustrated title in printed in dark ivory, blue, and gold, verso blank), 1f. (recto dedication, verso blank), [i] (notes on first performance and named cast list), [ii]-[iii] (contents), [iv] (blank), 355, [i] (blank) pp.
Named cast includes Fidès-Devriès, Bosman, Jean de Reszké, Édouard de Reszké, Melchissédec, Plançon, Lambert, Balleroy, Girard, and Sentein, with ballets by Mérante.
Binding slightly worn; boards partially detached; spine defective and mostly lacking; front free endpaper chipped and detached. Some signatures split or partially split; small publisher's handstamp to lower margin of title.
First Edition, [?]later issue.
Le Cid, to a libretto by D’Ennery, E. Blau, and Gallet after P. Corneille, was first performed in Paris at the Opéra on November 30, 1885.
"[It] reverted to the grand style for the benefit of the Paris Opéra. Corneille’s drama had served many earlier composers, including Bizet, whose Don Rodrigue remains a very substantial fragment, and Debussy, with a similarly unfinished Rodrigue et Chimène. The libretto provided ample opportunities for Spanish and Moorish colour, which Massenet exploited with his customary flair, particularly in the still popular ballet movements. There is a clear kinship with the Meyerbeer/Verdi principle of casting the heroic passions of individuals against a backdrop of larger conflicts, and the vision of Don Rodrigue in which St Jacques of Compostella promises him victory in the war with the Moors contributes a devotional flavour to the mix." Item #28834
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