Paris: Choudens Fils [PN A.C. 1005], [after 1886].
Large octavo. Half dark red morocco with marbled boards, spine in gilt-ruled compartments, titling gilt, moire-patterned endpapers. 1f. (recto decorative title printed in dark gold, verso blank), 1f. (recto named cast list and contents, verso blank), 3-32, 8, 33-213 pp. + 15 plates of scenes from the opera printed on coated paper in sepia on one side of the leaf only.
Binding slightly worn, rubbed, and bumped. Minor browning throughout.
Mireille, to a libretto by Michel Carré after Frédéric Mistral, was first performed in Paris at the Lyrique on 19 March 1864.
"There are ... fine moments in Mireille, particularly in the title role where Gounod exhibits his particular talent for feminine characterization ... Mireille ... is a noteworthy contribution to the French lyric stage ... It presents the unsuitability of a love match because of difference in social status entirely within the framework of a rural agrarian society and transforms the daughter of a farmer into a tragic heroine."
"In his unceasing quest for what he saw as dramatic and spiritual truth, Gounod succeeded in restoring a higher sense of artistic purpose to the French stage, and in strictly musical terms his influence on the course of French music was substantial." Steven Huebner in Grove Music Online.
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