Wien: C.A. Spina [PNs C.S. 22.131 - 22.154], .
Large octavo. Half dark brown cloth with marbled boards, octagonal paper title label to upper. 1f. (recto illustrated title printed in dark brown, verso blank), 1f. (recto index, verso cast list), 284 pp. With secondary pagination. Engraved. With "Druck von A. Eckel in Wien" to lower inner margin of first page of music.
Binding slightly worn, rubbed, and bumped. Minor internal wear.
First Edition, first issue. 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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