Paris: Brandus & Cie. [PN B. & Cie. 9209], [ca. 1880].
Large octavo. Half dark red calf with textured dark red paper boards with initials "E.C." gilt to upper, spine in gilt-ruled compartments, titling gilt. 1f. (recto decorative title, verso blank), 1f. (recto notes on first performance, cast list, and contents, verso blank), 451, [i] (blank) pp. Lithographed.
Binding slightly worn, rubbed, and bumped; hinges split; endpapers browned and with small tears. Occasional minor to moderate foxing; some signatures split; repairs to inner margin of first two leaves, not affecting text; oval handstamp and small publisher's facsimile signature handstamp to lower margin of title; cast leaf trimmed with minor loss to text; occasional tears to inner margins repaired, not affecting music.
First version, with supplement.
In five acts to a libretto by Eugene Scribe and Emile Deschamps, Les Huguenots was first performed in Paris at the Opéra on February 29, 1836.
"In Les Huguenots Meyerbeer successfully transposed the formula of a highly variegated succession of scenes connected by a well-integrated plot from the good-versus-evil morality play of Robert le diable to a historical setting that prominently features public political turmoil... Even Meyerbeer’s detractors (such as Wagner, later in his career) have grudgingly admired the [fourth] act. In its juxtaposition of reverential Protestant victims and fanatical Catholics – both invoking the name of the Lord – the fifth act is a locus classicus for the vivid ironical contrasts characteristic of Meyerbeerian grand opera." Steven Huebner in Grove Music Online.
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