Wien: Alwin Cranz [PN C. 50024], ©1948.
Large octavo. Original light brown printed wrappers. 1f. (recto title, verso cast list), 1f. (recto contents, verso blank), 5-208 pp.
With handstamps to upper portion of upper wrapper ("Boynton & Haithwaite" and "Arundel Opera Theatre, Inc.").
Wrappers worn. Some internal wear and browning; remnants of wrapper to inner margin of title.
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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