Budapest - Lipcse: Rózsavölgyi és Társa [PN R & Co. 2792], .
Folio. Original dark red cloth-backed decorative boards printed in green, blue, silver, and black with small circular portrait gilt of composer in relief, decorative endpapers. 3ff. (title, preface by Péter Somogyi, cast list), 3-329,  (contents). Parallel texts in Hungarian and German.
Bookplate to front pastedown.
Binding somewhat worn, rubbed, and bumped. Occasional light soiling; slightly browned; former owner's signature to first page of music.
Bánk Bán, to a libretto by Béni Egressy after the play by József Katona, was first performed in Pest at the National Theater on March 9, 1861.
"With its strongly national theme, its critical timing in relation to political events, and its readiness to draw on the world of folk melody and the formal principles of the Hungarian verbunkos, Bánk bán represents an important stage in the development of Hungarian opera. It is widely regarded as the most significant Hungarian opera of its time, for although not as widely popular in Hungary as Hunyadi László, it shows a broader command of dramatic characterization and greater skill in accommodating a national idiom. As the fruit of many years of idiomatic development, Bánk bán represents a high point in Erkel’s output; his development thereafter took different directions and he never again succeeded in writing with such naturalness and vitality." Dezső Legány in Grove Dictionary of Opera.
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