Armide Drame Héroique ... Représenté pour la premiere fois, par l'Academie Royale de Musique, le 23. Septembre 1777. Prix 24 l[Livres Tournois] Gravée par Mr. Lobry ... Ecrit par Ribiere. [Full score].

Paris: Bureau du Journal de Musique ... Et aux Adresses ordinaires de Musique, [1777].

Folio. Full contemporary green vellum with early titling and inscription in manuscript to upper ("Armide A Mr. Guiton"). 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 279, [i] (blank) pp. Engraved.

With figured bass added in early manuscript to pp. 12-15, 139-145, 160, 181-182, and 261-273 and early manuscript annotations to pp. 181-182. Early signature of the owner, Guiton, to free front endpaper, with later inscription "à l'ami Ch. Heintz" signed "A [...]."

Binding somewhat worn, rubbed, and bumped; minor staining to boards and dark stain to spine; hinges partially split. Some minor wear, foxing, staining, and a few small tears; title browned with tears to inner margin.

Quite a good copy overall.

First Edition. Hopkinson 45A. Wotquenne pp. 134-41. Lesure p. 237. BUC p. 385. Hoboken 5, 13 and plate 10. RISM G2677.

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.

An interesting copy.

Item #36810

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