Paris: Choudens [PN A.C. 11310], [ca. 1910].
Large octavo. Half dark red cloth with red textured boards, titling gilt to upper and spine, decorative endpapers. 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 1f. (recto notes on first performance, named cast list, and contents, verso blank), viii, 230, 9 (supplement), [i] (blank) pp.
Named cast includes Jean Perrier, Regnard, Maurice Lamy, Mariette-Sully, Tariol-Baugé, Léonie Laporte, and Brunais.
Binding slightly worn, rubbed, bumped, and faded. Somewhat browned at margins; signature of Max Klein to upper margin of title dated March 1925, with his name gilt to lower outer margin of upper board.
Second version, including the ballet supplement.
First performed in Paris at the Théâtre des Bouffes-Parisiens on the 10 December 1998.
"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 biographer and pupil Henry Février claimed that La Basoche was the last great French opéra comique of the 19th century, and Messager’s next opérettes, especially Les p’tites Michu and Véronique, certainly show a difference in style from the earlier works, bringing an altogether fresher approach to the genre. Messager’s 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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