Paris: Choudens [PN A.C. 10908], [ca. 1897].
Large octavo. Quarter mid-tan calf with marbled boards, spine in compartments gilt, dark brown leather title labels gilt, marbled endpapers. 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 1f. (recto dedication, verso blank), 1f. (recto notes on first performance, named cast list, and contents, verso blank), 220 pp.
Named cast includes A. Bonheur, O. Dulac, L. Laporte, Vigouroux, Barbal, Regnard, Lamy, Manson, and Brunais.
Binding slightly worn and scuffed.
First Edition, later issue.
Les p'tites Michu, to a libretto by Albert Vanloo and Georges Duval, was first performed in Paris at the Théâtre des Bouffes-Parisiens on November 16, 1897.
"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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