Leipzig: auf Kosten der lustigen Gesellschaft, 1741. Small quarto. Full mid-tan leather with blind rules to edges of boards, raised bands on spine in blind-ruled compartments.
1f. (recto fine decorative title incorporating putti holding a banner with musical notation and text, verso blank), 1f. (introduction by the author with fine decorative head- and tailpieces),  + [i] (index) pp. With 102 tunes, numbers 1-68 text with accompanying musical notation, numbers 69-102 text only. Hirsch III, 1078. Second edition. RISM BII p. 372 (citing the first edition of 1736 and the present edition of 1741).
Sperontes singende Muse an der Pleisse Erste Fortsetzung, in 2. mahl 25 Oden, Derer neuesten besten und leichtesten musicalischen Stücke, mit denen dazu gehörigen Melodien verschen und zu beliebter Clavier-Übung und Gemüths-Ergötzung ans Licht gestellet. Leipzig: 1742. "Brühl sculpsit." 1f. (recto fine decorative title, verso blank),  pp., 1f. (recto index, verso blank). With 50 tunes, all with text with accompanying musical notation. Volume I of three, published from 1742-1745. First Edition of this volume. RISM BII p. 373.
Music engraved throughout, text typeset. With highly attractive woodcut illustrations, some incorporating musical instruments, performers, etc., preceding text and as tailpieces to each page, some repeated.
With fine double-page pictorial engraving by C.F. Boetius after the painting by Richter preceding title depicting figures playing musical instruments, singing, conversing, etc. in the foreground with the city of Leipzig, including the Thomaskirche, in the background. With titling to upper portion within highly decorative plaque surrounded by musical instruments, putti and a ribbon on which appears music with text "Das angene... Bleisst Athen."
Title to first work with contemporary signature ("Cappler") to lower outer corner, title to second work with initials "C.K." to foot.
Binding very slightly worn and bumped. Some very light wear, soiling, foxing, and small stains; uniform light browning; some leaves trimmed just touching either pagination, notation, tailpieces, or catchwords in several instances; mispagination following page 18 but complete; title to second work with small tear to upper inner margin; pne leaf with professional repair to blank outer margin.
"Sperontes’s most significant work is the Singende Muse an der Pleisse, a collection of poems set as strophic songs to adaptations of the ‘newest and best music compositions’... The initial publication of 1736, containing 100 poems (and 68 compositions), proved to be so popular that it was followed by three further sets with 50 numbers each..."
"...The music of the Singende Muse consists overwhelmingly of popular pre-existing instrumental and vocal compositions to which Sperontes invented his verses... For the most part Sperontes seems to have drawn on French, but also on English, German and Italian, musical sources. Because the compositions were evidently modified or distorted considerably in their transmission – probably the work of local composers engaged by Sperontes – it has not been possible to identify more than a handful of pieces... 18th-century documents ascribe two pieces to J.S. Bach: ‘Ich bin nun, wie ich bin’ and ‘Dir zu Liebe, wertes Herze’ (bwv Anh. 40 and 41)..."
"... With their emphasis on modern instrumental dance forms, the lieder of the Singende Muse manifest the direct rhythms, clear phrasing and sectionalism, simple textures and harmonies of the progressive galant style. And, by avoiding the ornate vocal writing of the Italian opera, Sperontes established a precedent for differentiating lied and aria styles..."
"... The appearance in print of the first part of the Singende Muse marked the end of the so-called ‘Liederlose Zeit’ (songless era), the first three decades of the 18th century, during which the popularity of the imported Italian opera brought the cultivation and publication of German song to a virtual standstill... In addition, the remarkable success of Sperontes’s anthology initiated almost immediately a powerful resurgence of song production which was to continue throughout the century, forming the matrix for the lieder masterpieces of the 19th-century Romantics." Robert L. Marshall and Dianne M. McMullen in Grove Music Online. Item #29126
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