Paris: Éditions Francis Salabert [PN E.A.S. 4268], 1926.
Quarto. Original publisher's textured grey and blue wrappers. 1f. (recto dedication, verso blank), 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 1f. (recto notes on first performance, verso blank), 1f. (recto named cast list, verso blank), 1-5, 6-6(9), 10-38 pp.
Named cast for the first performance at the Théâtre du Vaudeville includes Sacha Guitry, Yvonne Printemps, Cande, Baron Fils, Louvigny, Fernal, Barral, Favrel, Régine Fleyane, J. Fusier, Cécile Ducarre, Morana, de Caultret, Galipaux, De Garcin, Gildes, Ebene, Alys Delonde, Rienzi, Rosine Maurel, and Hieronimus and for the reprise at the Théâtre Sarah-Bernhardt Sacha Guitry, Yvonne Printemps, Roger Karl, Numès, Scott, Chanot, Grégoire, Delys, Desfonds, Gay, Fernier, Léon Richard, M. Bailly, Maxime Lery, Puylagarde, H. Monteux, Paul Dufreny, Alice Tissot, Violaine, and Louis Maurel..
Wrappers slightly worn and creased.
First performed in Paris at the Théâtre du Vaudeville on February 9, 1918 and reprised in Paris at the Théâtre Sarah-Bernhardt on October 9, 1926.
"[Messager] took on the musical directorship of the Opéra-Comique for the 1919–20 season, conducting among other items the first complete French performance of Così fan tutte. Six stage works followed, two of them for Sacha Guitry and his wife, Yvonne Printemps; the second of these, Deburau, is dedicated to Fauré’s memory..."
"Messager’s style is characterized by fine orchestration (evident also in the ballet music), a gift for easy-flowing melody, often in a waltz rhythm, and a skill in writing music of a dance-like character... [His]contribution to French music, both through his own works and as conductor and promoter of opera, is undeniable, and was recognized as such by his musical contemporaries in many countries." John Wagstaff and Andrew Lamb in Grove Music Online.
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