Item #38512 Oberon, or the Elf King's Oath, The Popular Romantic and Fairy Opera as Performed with great Success at the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, The Poetry by J.R. Planché, Esqre. Composed & Arranged, with an Accompaniment for the Piano Forte ... [Part] [1-3]. [Piano-vocal score]. Carl Maria von WEBER.

Oberon, or the Elf King's Oath, The Popular Romantic and Fairy Opera as Performed with great Success at the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, The Poetry by J.R. Planché, Esqre. Composed & Arranged, with an Accompaniment for the Piano Forte ... [Part] [1-3]. [Piano-vocal score].

London: The Royal Harmonic Institution Argyll Rooms, 246, Regent Strt. by Welsh & Hawes, Music Sellers, (by special Appointment to his Majesty their Royal Highnesses the Dukes of York, Clarence, Sussex and the Duchess of Kent ... Berlin by Ad. Mt. Schlesinger (Proprietor for Germany) Paris by Maurice Schlesinger (Proprietor for France) [PNs 3106-3121], [1826].

Folio. Full modern maroon cloth.

Part 1: 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 64 pp. Price changed to 42s in manuscript.
Part 2: 1f. (recto title, verso blank) 65-135, [i] (blank) pp. Price 15s.
Part 3: 1f. (recto title, verso blank), [i] (blank), 136-197, [i] (blank) pp. Price 15s.
Engraved.

With small oval handstamp of The Royal Harmonic Institution to lower margin of titles and additional small circular handstamp to title of Part 1, the word "Part" erased; extreme inner margins of titles to Parts 1 and 3 reinforced with narrow strip of paper.

Slightly worn, browned, soiled, and creased; small wormhole to blank upper margins of pp. 131-135. A very good copy overall.

First trade edition, with poet's initials to title corrected and no plate number to part 3. Jähns p. 392. Hirsch 1297a (issue including plate number 3126). Fuld p. 395.

Oberon, to a libretto by James Robinson Planché after Christoph Martin Wieland's poem Oberon, was first performed in London at Convent Garden on 12 April 1826. "The première ... was a great success, with lavish settings and spectacular scenic effects that impressed even Weber, and the opera remained popular throughout the season ... It contains some of Weber’s most delightful music, which has assured the work a permanent, if peripheral, place in the repertory ... The brilliant overture opens atmospherically with Oberon’s horn-call, which acts as a motif throughout the work.

With the overwhelming success of his opera Der Freischütz in 1821 [Weber] became the leading exponent of German opera in the 1820s and an international celebrity. A seminal figure of the 19th century, he influenced composers as diverse as Marschner, Mendelssohn, Wagner, Meyerbeer, Berlioz, and Liszt." Paul Corneilson, Clive Brown, et al. in Grove Music Online.

Item #38512

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