Item #39339 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 [I-III]. [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 [I-III]. [Piano-vocal score].

London: The Royal Harmonic Institution ... by Welsh & Hawes [PNs 3106-3127], [1826].

Folio. Full contemporary dark green patterned cloth boards with dark red morocco label with "G. Kingsley" gilt to upper, dark red morocco title label gilt to spine. 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 135, [i] (blank), [i] (title to Part III), 136-197, [i] (blank) pp. Engraved. Watermark 1825.

Title with price "42/" added in manuscript, with small oval handstamp of the Royal Harmonic Institution to lower margin.

Upper pastedown with the bookplate of the Forbes Library in Northampton, Massachusetts, stamped "Deposited by the Guardian ... of Mary D. Kingsley. Oct 23 1895."

Binding worn; spine partially lacking; boards and free endpapers detached and stained. Some minor browning and offsetting, heavier to final leaves; outer margins of pp. 62-65 dampstained; occasional light soiling and creasing to upper corners. Title for Part II lacking. A good copy overall.

First Edition, second issue, with poet's name corrected. Scarce. Jähns p. 392. Hirsch IV, 1297a. Fuld p. 395. Cf. OCLC 20163878. The present copy includes an additional plate number (3127) not cited in Hirsch or Fuld.

Oberon, to a libretto by James Robinson Planché after Christoph Martin Wieland's eponymous poem, was first performed in London at Covent 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.

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