Fidelio [Full score]. Ludwig van BEETHOVEN.
Fidelio [Full score]

Fidelio [Full score]

Drame Lyrique en trois Actes, paroles de MM. N. et Merville, Arrangées pour la Scène Française par MM. J. T. et A. Farrenc. Musique de Ls. van Beethoven. Représenté pr. la première fois à Paris, sur le Théâtre Royal de l'Odéon, le Prix [ 80 f.] ... Imprimé par M.K. Marquerie frères

Paris: Chez A. Farrenc, Editeur et Md. de Musique, Boulevard Poissonnière, No. 22 [PN A.F. 72], [1826].

Folio. 2 volumes. Newly bound in dark red morocco with marbled boards, titling to black spine labels gilt. .

Volume 1
1f. (recto title, verso blank), [i] (blank), ii-iii ("Liste Alphabétique des Souscripteurs"), iv-v (named cast list and contents), [vi] (blank), 42 ("Ouverture"), 43-160 ("Acte Premier"), 161-328 ("Acte Second") pp.

Volume 2
1f. (blank), 329-535, [i] (blank) pp. ("Acte Troisieme").

Text in French and German. Engraved throughout.

Named cast includes Meyssin (Ellinore), Dorgebray (Marguerite), Coeuriot (Ferdinand), Léon Bizot (Fritz), Margaillan (Dolkarre), Camoin (Rock), and Bernard (Le Ministre).

With early ownership signature to upper outer corner of title of v. 1 ("Alessandro Marinelli") and flyleaf of v. 2 ("Alleso. Marinelli") and publisher's facsimile handstamp to foot of title of v. 1.

Only 57 subscribers listed, including composers Carafa, Onslow, Rigel, Spontini and Walchier; writer Castil-Blaze; publishers Carli, Dufaut et Dubois, Frere, Hanry, Janet et Cotelle, Petit, Pleyel, Pollet, Rousset, Schott, and Simrock.

Some foxing, browning, and offsetting throughout, a bit heavier to some pages; small binder's hole to blank upper inner margin; title of v. 1 very slightly creased, with price erased; minor archival paper repairs to upper portion of pp. 75-143 of v. 1, occasionally just touching notation; mispagination from pp. 323-328 of v. 1, with two leaves printed in duplicate; other very minor defects. Quite a good copy overall, despite defects as noted.

First Edition, first issue. Very rare. New Kinsky pp. 449-450. Dorfmüller 323. Hoboken 2, 323. No copies in the U.S. (and only 5 copies located: at the Austrian National Library in Vienna (the Hoboken copy); the Bibliothèque nationale in Paris; the Stastsbibliothek in Berlin; the Royal Library in the Hague; and the City Music Academy in Basel).

The third version of Beethoven's only opera.

The first version of Fidelio, an opera in two (originally three) acts by Beethoven to a libretto by Joseph von Sonnleithner (1805) with revisions by Stephan von Breuning (1806) and Georg Friedrich Treitschke (1814) after Jean-Nicolas Bouilly’s Léonore, ou L’amour conjugal, was first performed in Vienna at the Theater an der Wien on 20 November 1805; the second version at the Theater an der Wien on 29 March 1806; and the third and final version at the Kärntnertortheater on 23 May 1814.

"Fidelio slumbered till the beginning of 1814, when Beethoven, to his evident surprise, learned that three singers wished to revive it at the Kärntnertor for their benefit. He agreed on condition that he was permitted to make changes. This time the revision of the libretto was entrusted (with Sonnleithner's permission) to Treitschke, an experienced man of the theatre. Beethoven worked at the score from March until 15 May. He found it an arduous task: 'I could compose something new far more quickly than patch up the old ... I have to think out the entire work again ... this opera will win for me a martyr's crown' (to Treitschke, April). The new overture was not ready in time for the first performance (23 May) [at the Kärntnertor Theatre in Vienna], when that to The Ruins of Athens was substituted. It made its début on the second night (26 May) ... The conductor was Ignaz Umlauf. The seventh performance on 18 July was for Beethoven's benefit; his advertisement stated that 'two new pieces have been added'. From this revival, followed on 21 November by Weber's production in Prague, the success of the opera was assured." Dean: Beethoven and Opera in The Beethoven Reader, p. 340.

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Price: $15,000.00  other currencies

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