Milano: presso Gio. Ricordi Firenze presso Gio. Ricordi 3 Co.[PNs 8551-8577], [after 1836].
Oblong folio. Disbound. 1f. (blank), 2ff. (title, contents, named cast list), 5-270 pp. Engraved.
Title with lithographic illustration of a woman playing the harp next ti Bellini's tomb. Named cast list from the premiere includes Giulia Grisi, Giovanni Battista Rubini, Antonio Tamburini, and Luigi Lablache.
Signature of J. Bruno Flores in pencil to title and ownership inscription in ink to second leaf crossed out.
With performance markings in pencil. Small circular stamp of Amilcare Roncani, Mexico, to upper outer corner of title.
From the collection of Italian conductor vocal coach, and close associate of Puccini and Mascagni, Luigi Ricci (1893-1981).
Worn; title slightly soiled; some browning, foxing, thumbing, and minor staining; several leaves detached.
First Italian edition, later issue. Lippmann p. 390. Scarce (4 copies located in the U.S.).
In 3 acts to a libretto by Carlo Pepoli after Têtes Rondes et Cavaliers (1833) by Ancelot and Saintine, I puritani premiered in Paris at the Théâtre Italien on 24 January 1835.
"Bellini anticipated Verdi in attributing to I puritani an individual ‘colorito’, which he described as ‘basically the genre of La sonnambula and Paisiello’s Nina with a touch of military robustness and something of Puritan severity’. In its harmony and scoring I puritani is Bellini’s most sophisticated opera – a direct consequence, no doubt, of its having been written for a Parisian audience." Simon Maguire, Elizabth Forbes, and Julian Budden in Grove Music Online.
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