Paris: Léon Escudier [PN L.E. 3382], . Large octavo. Original publisher's dark blue blindstamped cloth with titling gilt to upper and spine, publisher's device to lower. 1f. (recto chromolithographic title printed in blue, red, and gold on dark ivory background, verso blank),  (table and named cast list),  (blank), -7 (text)  (blank), 229 pp.
Named cast includes Teresa Stolz, Maria Waldmann, Giuseppe Capponi, and Ormondo Maini.
Binding slightly worn and bumped; head of spine slightly torn and chipped, tail slightly split; hinges tender; minor foxing to endpapers. Occasional browning and foxing; small edge tears with repairs to eight leaves; publisher's blindstamp to blank lower outer corner of leaf following title.
First French edition, published just months after the Italian edition Hopkinson 3B.
"The Requiem is at once a monument to Italian genius as Verdi perceived it in Rossini and Manzoni, an affirmation of his belief in an Italian music where the orchestra is very important but the sung word is paramount, and the climax of all those scenes, some tender, some terrifying, in which he sought to express his vision of suffering, suppliant humanity." Andrew Porter in The New Grove Vol. 19, p. 655.
"The 1870s... [saw] an increase in what might be called Verdi’s ‘social’ energy. He travelled widely to supervise and direct performances of Aida and the Requiem, in 1875 undertaking a veritable European tour with the latter work, conducting in Paris, London and Vienna. Perhaps not incidental to this new burst of energy was a close attachment to the soprano Teresa Stolz, who was to remain a lifelong friend." Roger Parker in Grove Music Online. Item #30535
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