Paris: Des Lauriers, [ca. 1795].
Folio. Quarter dark green calf with green cloth boards, spine in decorative compartments gilt, titling gilt, marbled edges. 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 1f. (recto publisher's catalogue, verso blank), 211 pp. Engraved.
Occasional performance markings in blue pencil.
Some browning, foxing, and soiling; light dampstaining to upper portion of leaves; final leaves slightly creased at lower outer corners; small handstamp to upper margin of title.
Second Edition. Hopkinson 46 A (c) (the present copy is presumably from an earlier issue, without plate number and with fewer items in the catalogue). Loewenberg 371. Sonneck p. 56. Lesure p. 239. BUC p. 386. RISM G2816.
With this opera, "Gluck foreshadowed most clearly the musical achievement of Wagner. For it was not until Iphigenie en Tauride that he contrived a balance between musical and dramatic interest which was, of its school, a perfect one ... Iphigenie en Tauride is the one indisputable masterpiece produced by Gluck, the one composition which can be measured against the very highest productions in its own, or any other branch of musical expression." Cooper: Gluck, p. 260.
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