Moskva: A. Gutkheil' [PN A. 2483 G.], .
Large octavo. Quarter dark red leather with textured cloth boards, "Anatra" gilt to upper, titling and number 208 gilt to spine in gilt-ruled compartments. 1f. (recto decorative title in Russian, verso blank),  (cast list and contents in Russian and German), 2-335, [i] (blank) pp. Caption titles, text, and stage directions in Russian and German.
Censor's note in Russian dated May 1885 printed to lower innter corner of final page of music. Overture (pp. 2-10) carries plate number "K. 2158 G.," with "2483" added in smaller font; its caption title is in Russian only. Header "Izdanie A. Gutheil'" to head of title. Publisher's monogrammatic handstamp "AG" in Latin script to foot of title, music dealer's handstamp to upper outer corner.
From the collection of Italian conductor, vocal coach, and close associate of Puccini and Mascagni, Luigi Ricci (1893-1981).
Binding somewhat worn and rubbed; minor soiling to upper; spine cracked; endpapers browned and slightly stained. Uniform browning; light scattered foxing throughout.
Glinka's opera Ruslan and Lyudmila, to a libretto by Valerian Shirkov after Pushkin, premiered in St. Petersburg at the Bolshoi Theatre on November 27, 1842.
"the quintessential Russian Romantic opera" Richard Taruskin in Grove Dictionary of Opera.
"[Glinka] was the first Russian composer to combine distinction in speaking the musical idiom of the day with a personal and strongly original voice. Emerging from the background of a provincial dilettante, though with generous access to local music-making opportunties, he made himself at home in metropolitan centres and mastered the procedures of Italian and French opera, and complemented that expertise with skill in motivic and contrapuntal working as well as instrumentation. His compositions, especially the operas A Life for the Tsar and Ruslan and Lyudmila and the orchestral fantasia Kamarinskaya, represent cornerstones of what are known as the ‘Russian classics’, and furnished models for later 19th-century composers." Stuart Campbell in Grove Music Online.
Ricci was an important figure in the transmission of 19th century traditions passed on to him by noted baritone Antonio Cotogni (1831-1918), whom he accompanied from the age of 12. He was active as a vocal coach at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, where he taught (amongst many others) Sesto Bruscantini, Anna Moffo, Rosalind Elias, Ezio Flagello, Peter Lindroos, and Martti Wallén.
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