Paris: Au Ménestrel, Heugel & Cie. [H. et Cie. 21081], 1902. Large octavo. Full dark red cloth with "Julius Rünger" gilt to lower margin of upper, titling gilt to spine; decorative endpapers. 1f. (recto dedication, verso blank), 1f. (recto title within decorative red border, verso cast list), 1f. (contents), 160 pp.
Occasional performance markings and corrections in pencil, most likely in Rünger's hand.
Binding slightly worn and soiled. Lightly vertical crease to first 20 leaves; occasional annotations in pencil; small rectangular publisher's handstamp to lower margin of title; publisher's handstamps and annotations in ink to upper margin of first page of music.
First German edition.
Le jongleur de Notre-Dame, to a libretto by M. Léna after France's L’étui de nacre, was first performed in Paris at the Opéra Comique on February 18, 1902.
"[The work is] little known, considering its unusual appeal. Religious practice is here at the centre of a little drama that combines humour and piety."
"[Massenet] was the most prolific and successful composer of opera in France at the end of the 19th century and into the beginning of the 20th..." Annegret Fauser, Patrick Gillis and Hugh Macdonald in Grove Music Online
Rünger (1874-1932) was a noted German baritone; he was also a conductor, and composer. Item #29459
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