Paris: Maquet [B. et Cie. 12614], [ca. 1895]. 1f. (recto title with first performance information, named cast list, and contents within decorative border, verso copyright), 1f. (blank), 56 pp. Named cast includes Berthelier, Darcier, and Schneide. Printed from Brandus plates. Browned. First performed, to a libretto by Mestépès and Chevalet, in Paris at the Bouffes-Parisiens, Salle Marigny, on August 31, 1955.
PLANQUETTE, Robert 1848-1903
Les Chevau-Légers Opérette en un acte. [Piano-vocal score] [Paris]: [Ch. Egrot [PN Ch. E. 1009], [ca. 1881].1f. (recto notes on first performance, named cast list, and contents, verso blank), 118 pp. Lithographed. Named cast includes Perrin, Gaillard, Antony, Villé, Chretienno, d'Estrées, Mazedier, Briot, Liovent, Boulard, and Lucy. Lacking title. First Edition. First performed in Paris at the Eldorado on December 15, 1881.
Large octavo. Quarter dark brown cloth with marbled boards, spine in gilt-ruled compartments, titling gilt.
Binding slightly worn, rubbed and bumped; annotation in blue crayon to upper margin of free front endpaper. Rectangular publisher's handstamp to lower margin of free front endpaper, title, and following blank leaf; minor to moderate foxing; occasional browning; former owner's signature to lower margin of title; free rear endpaper torn and mostly lacking.
"[Offenbach] was, with Johann Strauss (ii), one of the two composers of outstanding significance in popular music of the 19th century and the composer of some of the most exhilaratingly gay and tuneful music ever written... Moreover, it was through the success of Offenbach’s works abroad that operetta became an established international genre, producing outstanding national exponents in Strauss, Sullivan and Lehár and evolving into the 20th-century musical." Andrew Lamb in Grove Music Online. Item #29089
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