Paris: Choudens [PN A.C. 12861], 1903.
Large octavo. Quarter dark tan calf with marbled boards, raised bands on spine in decorative compartments gilt, dark red leather title label gilt, marbled endpapers, original publisher's decorative wrappers printed in dark pink and light green with titling in dark blue bound in. 1f. (recto title printed within architectural border, verso notes), 1f. (recto notes, verso blank), 1f. (recto notes on first performance, named cast list, and contents, verso blank), 186 pp. Unopened.
Named cast includes Vanloo, Damour, Chatillon, Larbaudière, Defreyn, Ambreville, Bourgeois, and Soyer.
With an autograph inscription signed by the composer ("Ch. Lecocq") and dated "21 mars 1903" to the noted French soprano Jeanne Granier (1852-1939) to verso of cast list.
Binding slightly worn, rubbed, and bumped; endpapers browned. Light uniform browning.
"Much of Lecocq’s music is characterized by a light touch, but he could also adopt a more lyrical and elevated style than Offenbach and termed several of his operettas opéras comiques. His greatest popular triumph, La fille de Madame Angot, has remained a classic among operettas, and demonstrates Lecocq’s abundant flow of pleasing melodies, his deft exploitation of rhythm for a lively theatrical effect, impressive building up of extended numbers, and typically French shaping of phrases." Andrew Lamb in Grove Music Online.
An important association copy.
Price: $150.00 other currencies