Paris: A. Durand & Fils [PN D. & F. 8443], 1912.
Folio. Original publisher's light gray printed wrappers. 1f. (blank), 1f. (recto title printed in red and black, verso "Personnages," "Note concernant l'exécution," etc.), 32 pp. With "Imp. Mounot, Nicolas, Paris" printed at foot of title and "Ch. Douin, gr ..." and "Paris, Imp. Chaimbaud & Cie." printed at foot of final page of music.
Upper wrapper detached; lower partially detached; bookseller's handstamps to upper and title "Occasion Neuf Livres & Musique," etc. Slightly browned; occasional light foxing.
First edition. Lesure, 125.
Premiered in Paris on 22 May 1911 at the Théâtre du Châtelet.
"Debussy was rather reserved in his attitude to the aesthetic of the Ballets Russes, and seems to have preferred the idea of rejuvenating the old form of opera-ballet (Fêtes galantes after Verlaine, renamed Crimen amoris). He wrote the scenario – but not the music – of Masques et bergamasques, but he detested the choreography which Diaghilev commissioned from Nijinsky for Jeux, a work which finally found a new life for itself in the concert hall. He fell out with Maud Allan who commissioned the ballet Khamma; the score, which has its Stravinskian moments, was not played in his lifetime." François Lesure and Roy Howat in Grove Music Online.
Price: $100.00 other currencies