Leipzig: Breitkopf & Härtel [PN Part. B. 1700], ©1918.
Folio. Original publisher's decorative wrappers printed in yellow and gray. , 193 pp.
Ex libris the concert pianist Mario Feninger (1923-2016, with his handstamp to blank upper margin of title; small publisher's label laid down to blank lower margin.
Wrappers slightly soiled and creased; minor chipping to spine, with titling in manuscript. Uniformly browned; dark stain to lower outer margin of upper wrapper, carrying through to p. 25, lightening thereafter.
First Edition. Kindermann K. 270, p. 315.
Arlecchino, in one act to Busoni's own libretto, premiered in Zürich at the Stadttheater on 11 May 1917.
"Stylistically the score bridges the gap between Busoni’s experimental pre-war compositions and the later works written in the spirit of ‘Junge Klassizität’. ... The element of operatic parody in the score gives rise to all manner of quotations and allusions, from Gluck to Wagner, and bel canto to ragtime. These are unified through harmonic cunning and brilliant use of a modestly sized orchestra. Arlecchino’s rhythmic speech (precisely notated but unpitched) etches his role against the musical background and stylizes him to an ‘über-marionette’ (to use Edward Gordon Craig’s term), a comic mask whose counterpart is Faust, the tragic mask and Übermensch." Antony Beaumont in Grove Dictionary of Opera.
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