Turandot. Giacomo PUCCINI.


dramma lirico in tre atti e cinque quadri ... l'ultimo duetto e il finale dell'opera sono stati completati da F. Alfano. [Libretto]

Milano - Roma - Napoli - Palermo - Londra - Lipsia - Buenos Aires: G. Ricordi e C., [1926].

Octavo. Original publisher's printed wrappers with stylized titling within decorative chinoiserie design over black to upper. 1f. (recto half-title, verso publisher's note), 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 1f. (recto "Personaggi", verso blank), 1f. (recto named premiere cast-list, verso named orchestra and stage personnel), [9]-86 pp. Text in Italian. On laid paper within ruled borders; decorative headpieces and devices by Giulio Cisari in sepia throughout.

Named cast includes Rosa Raisa, Francesco Dominici, Carlo Walter, Michele Fieta, Maria Zamboni, Giacomo Rimini, Emilio Venturini, Giuseppe Nessi, and Aristide Baracci. Conducted by Arturo Toscanini.

With publisher's blindstamp to upper "G. Ricordi & C 5 26" and handstamp to title "Aumento 10%."

Wrappers worn and chipped; detached and glued in early repair. Handstamp to title.

First Edition. Fuld p. 331.

Set to a libretto by Giuseppe Adami and Renato Simoni after Carlo Gozzi's dramatic fairy-tale, Turandot premiered in Milan at the Teatro alla Scala on 25 April 1926.

"Despite its unfinished state Turandot is rightly regarded as the summit of Puccini’s achievement, bearing witness to a capacity for self-renewal unsurpassed by that of still greater composers. The style remains true to the composer’s 19th-century roots, but it is toughened and amplified by the assimilation of uncompromisingly modern elements, including bitonality and an adventurous use of whole-tone, pentatonic and modal harmony. The resulting synthesis commands a new range of expression. ... The music is organized in massive blocks, each motivically based – a system which shows to particular advantage in Act 1, arguably the most perfectly constructed act in Puccini’s output; while the scoring shows a rare imagination in the handling of large forces (the writing for xylophone alone immediately attracts the attention). These attributes, combined with Puccini’s unfailing ability to communicate directly with an audience, have established Turandot as a classic of 20th-century opera." Julian Budden in Grove Music Online.

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