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"Reginald De Koven and Harry B. Smith... have this day sold and assigned to Edward Schuberth & Co... all our rights, title and interest in the publication and sale of [the] Vocal Score and musical and single number[s] [from]... our comic opera bearing in the manuscript the title of "Foxey Quiller; " the contract goes on to discuss matters including copyright, marketing, royalty payments, etc.
Foxey Quiller, a comic opera in 3 acts to a libretto by Harry B. Smith, opened in New York at the Broadway Theatre on November 5, 1900, and played for 50 performances through December 22.
"De Koven is best known for his operettas, particularly those with libretti by Harry-Bache Smith. Their three most successful works, Robin Hood (1891), Rob Roy (1894) and The Highwayman (1897), have British settings; most of the others are set in Europe or East Asia. Smith’s libretti relied on literary formulas that catered to a mass market while de Koven crafted scores designed to cultivate a higher audience taste. Although their works were modelled on the Gilbert and Sullivan and continental operettas then prevalent on the American musical stage, de Koven also incorporated large-scale operatic structures into his medial finales. His most appealing melodies are in the manner of English folksongs, and although his harmonies are rarely adventurous, he used chromaticism tellingly in his oriental settings." Orly Leah Krasner in Grove Music Online. Item #29575
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