Paris: Brandus & Cie., Troupenas & Cie. [PN B. et Cie. 5283], [ca. 1851].
Large octavo. Half black leather with textured dark purple cloth boards, "G. T." gilt to upper. 1f. (recto title within decorative border, verso blank), 1f. (recto cast list and contents, verso blank), 397, [i] (blank). Text in Italian and German. Engraved.
Catalogue of musical publications issued by Brandus et Cie. from April 1, 1851 to April 1, 1852. Paris: 1852. 10 pp. Rare.
Binding somewhat worn; corners bumped with minor loss; spine reinforced with black tape; hinges split. Publisher's facsimile signature handstamp and bookseller's handstamps to lower margin of title; pp. 35-38 partially detached; minor loss to outer edge of pp. 335-336, not affecting music.
Second variant (without ballet).
Le prophète, to a libretto by Eugène Scribe, was first performed in Paris at the Opéra on April 16, 1849.
In Le prophète, Meyerbeer was the first composer to use the leitmotif as an indication of what lies ahead, a function described later by Wagner as Ahnung or premonition... [The opera incorporated] the first successful use in any theatre of an electric spotlight, which Meyerbeer had specially made by the physicist Léon Foucault... The première of Le prophète was a triumph of theatrical history, and its success was undoubtedly heightened by its unintentional political topicality following the 1848 revolution." Matthias Brzoska in Grove Music Online.
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