Mélodies. Henri DUPARC.


Mélodies No. 1 - Voix élevées; ... En Recueil, prix net : 8 francs. Henri Duparc

Paris: Alexis Rouart & Cie [PNs E.B. et Cie 60, 61, 63, 530, 65, 66, 67, 746, 748], n.d. [?1909].

Folio. Original publisher's light olive green printed wrappers with titling in dark brown to upper. 1f. (recto title printed in purple, verso blank), 69, [i] (blank) pp.

L'Invitation au Voyage (Baudelaire)
Sérénade Florentine (Lahor)
La Vague et la Cloche (Coppée)
Extase (Lahor)
Phidylé (de Lisle)
Le Manoir de Rosemonde (de Bonnières)
Lamento (Gautier)
Testament (Silvestre)
Chanson Triste (Lahor)
Élégie (Moore)
Soupir (Prudhomme)
La Vie Antérieure (Baudelaire)

Ex libris noted musicologist Stanley Boorman, with his signature to corner of upper wrapper. With performance notes and annotations in pencil throughout.

Wrappers chipped and brittle; split at spine; bookseller's handstamp ("Jennings Bookshop ... London") to upper. Early owner's name ("R.T. Woodman 1911") and additional booksellers 'handstamps to title ("Sydney Acott, Harris & Co ... Oxford" and "Schott & Co ... London"). Occasional minor foxing.

Reissue by Rouart from earlier editions published by E. Baudoux and Calmann Levy.

Henri Duparc suffered from severe hyperaesthesia. Though he published several successful works early in his life, he destroyed many more. "When Duparc abandoned composition in 1885, his completed and acknowledged artistic legacy consisted simply of 13 songs composed between 1868 and 1884. ...In his handling of French prosody Duparc was no more scrupulous than other French composers of the day, as his setting of Chanson triste shows, but his feeling for poetic atmosphere and his ability to communicate it in music was unequalled among his contemporaries. He was unique in giving the French mélodie a musical substance, an emotional intensity and a unity of poem and music that were not to be equalled until the songs of Fauré’s maturity." Martin Cooper in Grove Music Online.

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