[Leipzig]: Aug. Cranz [PN C.S. 22.141], [ca. 1900].
Large octavo. Half black cloth-backed marbled boards with original publisher's upper wrapper with titling within decorative blue border laid down. 1f. (recto series title, verso blank), 3-284 pp. Edition Cranz No. 772.
With early performance markings in blue and lead pencil throughout; occasional annotations in pencil. Stamps of "Emil Richter Theaterverlag Hamburg," etc., to upper wrapper, endpapers, and several pages of music.
Binding somewhat worn, rubbed, and bumped; hinges reinforced with white tape.
Printed from First Edition plates. Weinmann p. 132.
Indigo und die vierzig Räuber, to a libretto by M. Steiner and others, was first performed at the Theater an der Wien on 10 February 1871.
"On the advice of his first wife, the theatrically-astute mezzo-soprano Henriette (‘Jetty’) Treffz, Johann began experimenting with the composition of operetta during the mid-1860s, but it was not until 1871 that a stage work of his, Indigo und die vierzig Räuber, was produced. Though a box-office success, the work received mixed critical reviews; Ludwig Speidel (Fremden-Blatt, 12 February 1871) considered the piece ‘promises the most splendid expectations for the future’, while Hanslick (Neue Freie Presse, 12 February 1871) dismissed it as ‘Strauss dance music with words added and ascribed rôles’." Peter Kemp in Grove Music Online.
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