Paris: G. Astruc & Cie, 1906. Folio. Full flexible maroon leather with titling and corner ornaments gilt, original dark ivory publisher's wrappers with titling in dark green within decorative borders printed in dark orange bound in. 1f. (blank), 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 1f. (recto printed dedication to Albert Carré, verso publisher's note),  (named cast list and contents), 2-131, [i] (blank) pp.
Named cast includes Allard, Cazeneuve, Delvoye, Fairy, Delaunay, Dangès, Mesmaecker, Gourdon, and Azéma.
With an autograph inscription by the composer to the soprano Fairy, cast as Lélie, signed in full, on blank leaf preceding title, thanking her for her "collaboration."
Very light uniform browning. An exceptionally nice copy overall.
First performed at the Théâtre du Casino Municipal de Royan on August 24, 1895 and then in Paris at the Opéra-Comique in April of 1905.
"Pierné forged a very personal language, classical in form and modern in spirit, balancing technique and individuality, discipline and instinct. From Massenet he learnt the art of melody, and a lightness of touch that is evident in such works as the operatic comedy On ne badine pas avec l'amour, staged in 1910. Meanwhile Franck imbued him with the high consciousness of art, the sense of vast architectural structures and the taste for religiously inspired music, which yielded not only the oratorios, but also instrumental works such as the Paysages franciscains (1919). Pierné was influenced by Saint-Saëns's notion of ‘ars gallica’; he composed a number of works inspired by early French dance forms. He was also open to the style of his contemporaries and was attracted to the exoticism that was much in vogue at the time: oriental scales, pentatonic modes and Spanish-Basque rhythms (for instance, in the second movement of the Quintet)... His later style owed something to Debussy's harmonies, to Ravel's luxuriant orchestration, and to Roussel's dynamism." Georges Masson in Grove Music Online. Item #29537
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