Paris: Ches Houbaut, .
Folio. Contemporary full green vellum with blue-green paper boards with raised bands on spine, dark red leather title label gilt. 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 1f. (recto printed dedication to La Comtesse du Barry, verso blank), 216 pp. Engraved.
From the collection of the American composer and conductor Gene Forrell (1915-2005), with his signature and embossed London address to endpapers.
Binding worn and scuffed; corners abraided; vellum partially torn and separated at spine and inner edges of upper board. A little very minor marginal staining; some signatures split.
A very good copy overall.
First Edition, [?]first issue. Lesure p. 264. Hirsch II, 366. Not in Sonneck. RISM G4497.
Zémire et Azor, to a libretto by Marmontel, was first performed at Fontainebleau on November 9, 1771.
"This version of the Beauty and the Beast story was created from two literary sources: the substance of the story is from La belle et la bête by Jeanne Marie Le Prince de Beaumont, and the names and the setting from Amour pour amour, a verse play by P. C. Nivelle de La Chaussée (1742)... Recognized immediately as Grétry’s best as well as largest work to date, [Zémire et Azor] had immense international success (it was given at the King’s Theatre, London, in 1779). The text was also used in settings by Linley the elder (1776), Gotthilf von Baumgarten (1776) and Spohr (1819). Grétry’s music ranges widely in character and function, and uses special instrumental effects in Acts 3 and 4. Mozart owned a copy of the score." David Charlton in Grove Music Online.
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