Paris: Choudens [PN A.C. 14309], 1916.
Large octavo. Original publisher's ivory wrappers printed in red and black. 1f. (title), 1f. (dedication), 1f. (notes on first performance and named cast list), 1f. (contents), 249, [i] (blank) pp.
Named cast includes Marthe Davelli, Dolorés de Silvera, Charles Fontaine, Jean Périer, André Allard, Lheureux, and "Le petit André."
Wrappers worn and soiled. Signatures split.
First Edition, [?]later issue.
First performed at the Théâtre National de l'Opéra-Comique on December 19, 1916, under Gheusi.
"Bruneau's ideas in general were constantly challenging tradition and his admiration for Wagner was based on his view that Wagner was the great liberator of 19th-century music. Although he used leitmotifs and owed a great deal to Wagner's chromatic language, his music is far less Wagnerian than that of many of his contemporaries and in his later music he used a plurality of musical languages and effects. [His] writings on music include important memoirs of Zola (Paris, 1932), a book on Massenet (Paris, 1935), essays outlining his own theory of opera (notably in Le Figaro and Rivista musicale italiana in 1897), and perceptive comments on other operas in reviews and articles." Richard Langham Smith in Grove Music Online.
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