Paris: Claude Herissant ... Et aux adresses ordinaires de Musique Avec Privilege Du Roi, [ca. 1769].
Folio. Full contemporary green vellum with octagonal cut paper label to upper with titling in manuscript. 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 1f. (recto dedication, verso blank), 267 pp. Engraved. With contemporary music seller " Le Menu" rectangular label to foot of title.
From the collection of the American composer and conductor Gene Forrell (1915-2005), with his signature and embossed London address to endpapers.
Binding slightly worn; lower upper hinge split. Light to moderate uniform browning; minor worming to inner lower margins of most leaves; occasional paper repairs.
First Edition, [?]first issue. Lesure p. 440. Sonneck: Dramatic Music p. 113. Hirsch II, 609. RISM M3167.
Le Deserteur, to a libretto by Sedaine, was first performed at the Comédie-Italienne (Bourgogne) on March 6, 1769.
"Le déserteur displays an amazing compendium of procedures all combining to express the purest pathos: the frequent use of minor keys, often intensified by chromaticism; instrumental effects (three pieces call for the use of mutes); dramatic breaks in the discourse; fugal writing; and silence from characters confronted with a fate too cruel to bear. Such concentrated methods had no equivalent in French music of the galant period, but nonetheless Monsigny struck a deep chord of sympathy in his public, for Le déserteur was among the opéras comiques most often performed during the last two decades of the ancien régime, and had a long history of performance in foreign theatres." Michel Noiray in Grove Music Online.
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