Paris: Choudens [PN A.C. 15024], [ca. 1920].
Large octavo. Full dark brown cloth with titling gilt to spine. 1f. (title), 1f. (dedication), 1f. (notes on first performance and named cast list), 1f. (contents), 344 pp.
Named cast includes Marthe Chenal, Famin, Réville, Ferrari, Baye, Delamare, Jean Périer, Friant, Azéma, Panzera, and de Creus.
Boards slightly worn and stained. Oval music seller's handstamp to free front endpaper and first five leaves; remnants of wrappers to gutter of title.
Probable First Edition.
First performed in Paris at the Théatre National de l'Opéra-Comique on December 1, 1920, under the direction of Albert Carré and Isola Frères.
"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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