Paris: Choudens [PN A.C. 11806], 1901.
Large octavo. Full dark yellow cloth with titling gilt to spine, marbled endpapers. 1f. (title), 1f. (recto dedication, verso notes on first performance and named cast list), 1f. (contents), 307, [i] (blank) pp.
With an autograph inscription signed from the composer to "Bernheim," possibly the French theatre official Adrien Bernheim (1861-1914), to free front endpaper.
Named cast includes Marie Delna, Jeanne Raunay, Guiraudon, Louis Bourbon, Maréchal, and Dufrane.
Binding somewhat soiled and stained. Occasional minor foxing; former owner's signature in pencil to verso of free front endpaper; minor annotation in pencil to free rear endpaper.
First performed in Paris at the Théâtre National de l'Opéra-Comique on April 29, 1901, under Albert Carré.
"His first opera of the new century, L'ouragan (1901), is an opera in which libretto and music are particularly closely wedded... His 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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