L'Art du Chant ... Prix: 25f. net

Paris ... Berlin ... Londres ... Milan: Bureau centrale de Musique ... Schlesinger ... Jullien et Barrett ... G. Ricordi [PN B.C. 880], [1846].

Folio. Full mid-brown cloth boards, titling to upper gilt, gilt single-line border with decorative corner pieces gilt to both upper and lower, dark brown morocco spine with decorative elements and titling gilt, moire-patterned ivory endpapers, all edges gilt. 1f. (recto title within ornate decorative border engraved by A. Vialon, verso blank), 1f. (recto dedication to Rossini by Duprez dated Paris, December 20, 1845 with response by Rossini dated Bologna, February 5, 1846, verso blank), 1f. (recto "Avis Important," verso blank), 1f. (recto part title: "Première Partie Style Large d'Expression et de Force," verso testimonial), 59, 1f. (recto part title: "Second Partie Style de Grace et d'Agilité," verso blank), [i] (blank), 60-105, [i] (blank), 1f. (recto part title: "Troisième Partie Diction Lyrique," verso blank), 106-212, 1f. (contents). Engraved throughout. With 6 folding plates.

Printed dedication to Rossini at head of title; Duprez's facsimile signature handstamp and publisher's handstamp to lower margin.

Binding slightly worn, rubbed, bumped, and faded; joints tender; endpapers stained. Uniform light browning; light to moderate foxing. Quite a good copy overall, despite defects as noted.

First Edition. Very scarce. OCLC (4 copies only in the U.S.).

A French tenor and composer, Duprez made his debut at the Opéra in Paris in Guillaume Tell (1837), "achieving immediate and overwhelming success with Paris audiences," and went on to create numerous roles in the operas of Auber, Berlioz, Donizetti, and Halevy. Duprez taught at the Paris Conservatoire from 1842-1850 and founded the École Spéciale de Chant in 1853. Sandro Corti in Grove Music Online.

Item #35837

Price: $600.00  other currencies

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