Paris: Aux Adresses ordinaires ... Lion M. Castaud ... M. Serrieres, [ca. 1770].
Folio. Full contemporary green vellum with octagonal cut paper label to upper with titling in manuscript. 1f. (rec to title, verso dedication), 134 pp. Engraved.
With overpaste of Parisian music publisher "Bailleux" to imprint.
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, rubbed, and bumped; vellum to hinge and upper board split. Light uniform browning.
First Edition, second issue. Lesure p. 263. Sonneck: Dramatic Music p. 69. Hirsch II, 361. RISM G4438.
Silvain, to a libretto by Marmontel after S. Gessner's Erast, was first performed in Paris at the Comedie Italienne (Bourgogne) on February 19, 1770.
"Grétry’s operas, which enjoyed such a vogue in France... cannot be judged without the contribution of his librettists. Nevertheless, full credit must be given to his own contributions to the planning (partly revealed in his Réflexions d’un solitaire), as well as his unrelenting desire to extend the scope of both opéra comique and opéra. Grétry’s very attractive melodic gift was an essential ingredient and helps justify the occasional revival of his music. With his librettists he brought to life a range of splendidly imagined characters, ranging from bumpkins to monarchs, or from a rebellious female warrior to the murderous Bluebeard. His best scores had wide currency, especially in Germany: it is hard to imagine the evolution of opéra comique, and Romantic opera in general, without the part played by his works." David Charlton in Grove Music Online.
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