Paris: G. Brandus & S. Dufour [PN B. et D. 10914], [ca. 1868].
Large octavo. Quarter red cloth with marbled boards. 1f. (recto decorative title by A. Barbizet, verso blank), 1f. (recto contents, verso blank), viii (preface), 192 pp.
Binding worn, rubbed and scuffed; spine slightly discoloured, head and tail slighlty frayed. Occasional minor to moderate foxing and browning; some signatures split.
First Edition of 22 "morceaux et fragments" from the opera, not previously published.
L'Africaine, to a libretto by Eugène Scribe, was first performed in Paris at the Opéra on April 28, 1865.
Meyerbeer was "the most frequently performed opera composer during the 19th century, linking Mozart and Wagner... When [he] died suddenly..., during rehearsals of his last opera, L’Africaine, the character of opera as an art was established beyond dispute. The style of grand opera developed by Meyerbeer was the recognized international model for music drama for almost a century." Matthias Brzoska in Grove Music Online.
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