La Grande Duchesse de Gerolstein. Opéra Bouffe en 3 Actes et 4 Tableaux. Paroles de Henri Meilhac et Ludovic Halévy ... Partition Piano et Chant Arrangée par Léon Roques. [Piano-vocal score]

Paris: G. Brandus & S. Dufour [PN B. et D. 11211], [1867].

Large octavo. Full dark brown morocco with gilt rules to edges, former owner's name ("Annie Porter") gilt to upper, raised bands on spine in decorative compartmentsgilt, titling gilt. 1f. (recto illustrated lithographic title by Pastelot printed in black by Thierry frères, Paris, verso blank), 1f. (recto named cast list and table of contents, verso blank), 300 pp. Lithographed.

Named cast includes Schneider, E. Garait, Dupuis Koipp, Grenier, Couder, Baron, Gardel, Legrand, Morosini, Véron, and Maucourt.

Pp. 298-300 comprise a supplement of cuts, changes, and transpositions. Schirmer (New York) and Brandus (Paris) handstamps to title; "Imprimerie Centrale des Chemins de Fer. – A. Chaix et Ce. Rue Bergère, 20, A Paris. – 2 68-8." printed to lower margin of cast list/table of contents.

Small 19th century label to upper outer corner of front pastedown ("T. Fitzwilliam Dealers in Staple and Fancy Stationery, Printer and Blank Book Manufacturers 76 Camp Street, New Orleans").

Binding slightly worn and rubbed; upper hinge partially split. Minor internal wear, browning, and foxing.

First Edition of the first version. OCLC 1096790.

La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein, to a libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy, was first performed in Paris at the Théâtre des Variétés on 12 April 1867. "After the first night, Offenbach cut, moved or replaced several numbers to strengthen the second half of the piece. The work was written for Hortense Schneider as the Grand-Duchess and José Dupuis as Fritz."

Offenbach "was, with Johann Strauss (ii), one of the two composers of outstanding significance in popular music of the 19th century and the composer of some of the most exhilaratingly gay and tuneful music ever written." Andrew Lamb in Grove Music Online.

Item #36752

Price: $300.00  other currencies

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