Prodaná nevěsta. Komická zpěvohra ve 3 jednáních. Slova od K. Sabiny. [The Bartered Bride]. [Autograph manuscript facsimle of the piano-vocal score]

Prague: Ceská grafická unie, 1923. Hardcover.

Oblong folio. Original quarter black textured cloth with marbled boards, oval title label to upper, decorative endpapers. 1f. (recto blank, verso cast list), 1f. (recto title, verso blank), [i] (blank staves), 71, 51, [iii] (blank staves), 86, [i] (blank staves), [ii] (afterword by Josef Bohuslav Foerster dated Prague, November 1922), 1f. (recto colophon, verso blank).

Binding slightly worn, rubbed, bumped, and shaken. Browned; some signatures loose.


A comic opera in three acts to a libretto by Karel Sabina, the Bartered Bride was first performed in Prague at the Provisional Theatre on May 30, 1866.

Smetana was "a Czech composer, conductor, teacher, and music critic often described as the ‘father’ or ‘inventor’ of Czech national music. While his first language was German and his first nationalist compositions were based on Swedish narratives, Smetana asserted himself as composer of specifically Czech music from the 1860s, and his music posthumously became synonymous with a Czech national musical style. Today, Smetana’s eight operas, including Prodaná nevěsta (‘The Bartered Bride’), as well as his cycle of symphonic poems Má vlast (‘My Fatherland’) form the foundation of the Czech classical musical canon." Marta Ottlová, Milan Pospíšil, John Tyrrell and Kelly St Pierre in Grove Music Online.

As in the original manuscript, the present facsimile does not include the overture.

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Price: $100.00  other currencies

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