Budapest: Bárd Ferencz és Testvére [PN B.F.T. 1806], 1915.
Folio. Stapled. Decorative title with illustration of a World War I soldier printed in dark green. 2-18 pp. Text in Hungarian.
Contains 4 numbers from the opera.
Title slightly worn and soiled; handstamp of publisher with date of January 6, 1919 and price stamps to title.
Erkel's Névtelen hősök (Unknown Heroes), written in collaboration with his sons to a libretto by Ede Tóth, premiered in Budapest at the National Theatre on November 30, 1880. The opera's war theme led to a short revival in 1916.
"The plot looks back to the time of the Hungarian war of independence of 1848–9 and is set in a peaceful small village and a Hungarian soldiers’ camp. In both vocal and instrumental writing the work represents a culmination of the integration of folklike music into an operatic framework, an achievement foreshadowed to a small degree in Erkel’s music for song-plays of 1844–6 and in many parts of Hunyadi László and Bánk bán. It also includes a truly comic figure, a fine duet for the two leading characters, an accomplished verbunkos piece, and a Takarodó (‘Retreat’) for chorus which rapidly became known throughout Hungary." Dezső Legány in Grove Dictionary of Opera.
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