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Large octavo. Full dark red cloth boards with titling gilt to upper, edges blindstamped with floral motif, olive green cloth endpapers with floral motif. 1f. (recto title, verso blank), i-viii (ouverture), 3-88 pp.
Handstamp within decorative border to outer lower corner of title ("J.G. Krompholz Berne Magasin de Musique & D'Instruments Pianos & Harmoniums").
Binding slightly worn, rubbed, bumped, and shaken; endpapers browned. Light uniform browning; occasional soiling and foxing.
First Edition. Weinmann p. 137.
First performed in Vienna at the Theater an der Wien on 24 October 1885, with text by I. Schnitzer after M. Jókai's Saffi.
"Certainly Strauss was no judge of librettos and throughout his life he found it both cumbersome and restricting to compose to prescribed texts, though with Der Zigeunerbaron (1885) he showed himself uncharacteristically adept in this. Over the next quarter of a century a further 14 operettas and even a grand opera (Ritter Pásmán, 1892) cemented Strauss’s position as the leading light in ‘Silver Age’ Viennese operetta, though even in the composer’s lifetime only three of these found international success: Die Fledermaus (1874), Eine Nacht in Venedig (1883) and Der Zigeunerbaron." Peter Kemp in Grove Music Online.
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