Oblong quarto (220 x 285 mm). Contemporary dark purple leather-backed marbled boards with titling and decorative devices gilt to spine in gilt-ruled compartments. 63ff. Carefully notated in ink on 24-stave hand-ruled paper.
From the collection of Italian conductor, vocal coach, and close associate of Puccini and Mascagni, Luigi Ricci (1893-1981); previously from the collection of Italian composer Francesco Maria Albini (1829-1917), with his signature and inventory number 353 to title page.
Likely copied from the first edition published by Heugel in 1847.
The French composer Félicien David struggled early on in his musical studies and personal life and joined the Saint-Simonian community, embarking on a life-changing tour of the Middle East and North Africa for several years. His fascination with these Eastern cultures provided him with inspiration for his compositions, leading directly to Le désert, premiered in Paris on December 8, 1844. This unique work, an "ode-symphonie" for soloists, male chorus, narrator, and orchestra, became David's most famous and popular composition.
"Within each movement are a number of separate scenes, describing a desert storm, a prayer to Allah, the caravan, the ‘rêverie du soir’, and the muezzin’s call. The opening is particularly striking with a long-repeated pedal C representing the vast wastes of the desert; the picturesque orchestration won Berlioz’s admiration. ... The music is rarely strictly oriental in inflection—even the muezzin’s call is diatonic (though David had the performer introduce some microtones into it at the first performance)—and the straightforward tunefulness of the hymn to Allah accounts for some of its popularity. Yet the character and colour of the East had left its mark." Hugh MacDonald in Grove Music Online.
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