Milano: Tito di Gio. Ricordi [PNs H 33256-33284, M 33285M-33288, H 33289-33301], .
Large octavo. Half vellum with marbled boards, dark red calf title label gilt to spine. 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 1f. (recto cast list and setting, verso contents), 405, [i] (blank) pp. Text in Italian. Engraved.
Small oval publisher's blindstamp dated June 1870 to lower outer corner of first leaves.
Marbled boards scuffed and torn, with some loss; spine slightly soiled; minor loss to title label. Occasional light foxing; some signatures split.
Le prophète, to a libretto by Eugène Scribe, was first performed in Paris at the Opéra on April 16, 1849.
In Le prophète, Meyerbeer was the first composer to use the leitmotif as an indication of what lies ahead, a function described later by Wagner as Ahnung or premonition... [The opera incorporated] the first successful use in any theatre of an electric spotlight, which Meyerbeer had specially made by the physicist Léon Foucault... The première of Le prophète was a triumph of theatrical history, and its success was undoubtedly heightened by its unintentional political topicality following the 1848 revolution." Matthias Brzoska in Grove Music Online.
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