Paris, Lion: M. Castaud, .
Folio. Contemporary full green vellum with octagonal cut paper label titled in manuscript to upper board. 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 1f. (recto dedication, verso blank), 131 pp. Engraved.
From the collection of the American composer and conductor Gene Forrell (1915-2005), with his signature and embossed London address to endpapers.
With rectangular printed label of French publisher "Le Menu" to foot of title.
Binding moderately worn; vellum separated at spine; hinge partially split. Some worming, mostly to inner margins; occasional minor tears repaired; title soiled; marginal tears to final two leaves.
First Edition, [?]first issue. Lesure p. 259. Sonneck Dramatic Music p. 66 (later issue). Hirsch II, 339. RISM G4225.
Lucile, to a libretto by Marmontel after his L’école des pères, was first performed in Paris at the Comédie-Italiennes (Hôtel de Bourgogne) on January 5, 1769.
The plot centers around the daughter of working man who enters a bourgeois family. "Lucile was Grétry’s most popular opéra comique for more than ten years. Its sentimental solutions to problems of social inequity tapped enormous resources of public sympathy; audiences could identify with either party, still be satisfied, and emerge both ‘weeping and enchanted’ (as described by Louis Petit de Bachaumont in his Mémoirs secrets, iv, 1787, pp.208–9). The music spans a considerable range of feeling and drama, with Blaise’s F minor character portrait ‘Ah! ma femme!’ as the linchpin of the whole." David Charlton in Grove Music Online.
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