Paris: Choudens Fils [PN A.C. 9000], 1898.
Large octavo. Quarter black morocco with marbled boards, raised bands on spine in decorative compartments gilt, titling gilt, marbled edges and endpapers. 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 1f. (recto dedication, verso blank), 1f. (recto notes on first performance, named cast list, and contents, verso blank), 273, [i] (blank) pp.
Named cast includes Vergnet, Rouvet, Mondaud, Clément, Belhomme, Leblanc, Delna, Laisné, E. Thomas, Artus, and Ragneau.
Binding slightly worn, rubbed, and bumped.
First performed in Paris at the Théâtre National de l'Opéra-Comique on November 23, 1893, under Léon Carvalho.
"[Bruneau's] ideas in general were constantly challenging tradition and his admiration for Wagner was based on his view that Wagner was the great liberator of 19th-century music. Although he used leitmotifs and owed a great deal to Wagner's chromatic language, his music is far less Wagnerian than that of many of his contemporaries and in his later music he used a plurality of musical languages and effects. [His] writings on music include important memoirs of Zola (Paris, 1932), a book on Massenet (Paris, 1935), essays outlining his own theory of opera (notably in Le Figaro and Rivista musicale italiana in 1897), and perceptive comments on other operas in reviews and articles." Richard Langham Smith in Grove Music Online.
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