Paris: Editions Max Eschig [PN M.E. 400, M.E. 1639], 1913.
Small folio. Original publisher's dark ivory decorative wrappers printed in dark brown. 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 1f. (recto dedication, verso notes on first performance at the Opéra-Comique with named cast list), 1f. (notes on first performance in Nice with named cast list, verso blank), 1f. (recto contents, verso blank), 3-121, [i] (publisher's catalogue) pp.
Named cast for the first performance in Nice at the Casino Municipal on April 1, 1913 under Farconnet includes Lillian Grenville, Fanty, Gerday, Daurelly, Bernard, David Devries, Cotreuil, Raynal, Termany, and Rouziery.
Named cast for the first performance in Paris at the Opéra-Comique on January 7, 1914 under Carré includes Marguerite Carré, Brohly, Syril, Billa-Azema, Carrière, Camia, Joutel, Fernand Francell, Vieuille, Vigneau, Vaurs, Donval, Deloger, and Donval.
Wrappers slightly worn and soiled; handstamps to upper, including "Baton," with additional handstamps below crossed out in black; spine worn and creased with minor loss.
In Andalusian dialect to an original Spanish libretto by Carlos Fernández-Shaw, La vida breve was written between August 1904 and March 1905 but not produced until 1913.
"The central figure of 20th-century Spanish music, [Falla] addressed over the course of his career many of the salient concerns of modernist aesthetics (nationalism, neo-classicism, the role of tonality, parody and allusion) from a unique perspective. Like many Spaniards, he was attracted to French culture. His predilection for the French music of his time, especially that of Debussy, caused him to be misunderstood in his own country, where conservative-minded critics attacked his music for its oversusceptibility to foreign influences. Reaction to Falla's music by his compatriots often mirrored the convulsive political changes the country underwent before and during the Spanish Civil War (1936–9), a period of intense cultural activity whose musical manifestations nonetheless remain relatively unexplored." Carol A. Hess in Grove Music Online.
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