Paris: Madame Veuve Nicolo [PN 1], .
Folio. Quarter dark brown morocco with blindstamped dark purple cloth boards, raised bands on spine in decorative compartments gilt, titling gilt. 1f. (recto title within decorative border incorporating names of composers, verso blank), 1f. (recto cast list and thematic incipits, verso blank), 235 pp. Engraved.
Correction in blue pencil to p. 177.
From the collection of noted French operetta composer Charles Lecocq (1832-1918), with his distinctive oval engraved bookplate to front pastedown.
Binding slightly worn, rubbed, and bumped; front hinge cracked. Moderate foxing; several small edge tears; tears to pp. 61-64 with no loss.
The libretto by Quinault after Tasso had been set by Lully in 1686. "What persuaded Gluck to choose Armide after Iphigenie en Aulide was probably not any aesthetic consideration; but rather a shrewd feeling that an appeal to French national pride, a sop to the old Lullyist school and a demonstration that he could rival Lully in his own province would none of them come amiss ... in none of the scenes in Quinault's poem is it possible for Renaud to appear in a favorable light. Armide, on the other hand, is a bewitching figure. Proud, amorous, and intensely feminine, she is one of the most convincing of Gluck's heroines." Cooper: Gluck, pp. 213-19.
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