[New York]: Belwin-Mills [PN A539], . Large octavo. Original publisher's ivory wrappers printed in colour. 1f. (recto title, verso copyright), iii (note), iv-v (synopsis), vi (cast list), vii (contents), [i] (full-page illustration), 172, 173-200 (libretto) pp. Text in French and English.
Les bavards [Bavard et bavarde]l to a libretto by Nuitter after Cervantes' Los habladores, was first performed in Bad Ems on July 11, 1862; in Vienna at the Kaitheater on November 20, 1862; and in Paris at the Bouffes-Parisiens on February 20, 1863.
"[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 #29185
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