Faust Act III. Etching by Paul Renouard from the series entitled Le Nouvel Opéra
by [GOUNOD, Charles 1818-93]
[Paris], 1881. Béraldi: Les Graveurs du XIXe Siècle (Paris: 1885-92), XI-188. Faust, an opera in five acts to a libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré after Carré's Faust et Marguerite and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's Faust, Part I (in the French translation by Gérard de Nerval), was first performed in Paris at the Théâtre Lyrique on March 15, 1859. "Faust became particularly important to the French musical establishment at the end of the century. A work by a winner of the Prix de Rome that could claim to be thoroughly modern and personal in style at its première, and go on to international stages, was a significant enhancement to the musical prestige of a French operatic culture previously dominated by Meyerbeer and the none-too-easily exportable genre of opéra comique. Its national value was enhanced because, after some initial assessments as ‘Wagnerian', Gounod's compositional voice in Faust was heard as important in the definition of a ‘French' musical aesthetic." Steven Huebner in Grove Music Online. Renouard (1845-1924) was a noted painter and engraver whose works are held at the Louvre, the Opéra Museum, etc.. 279 x 198 mm. Signed by the artist in pencil at lower left. A very good impression on laid paper. Remnants of hinges to upper corners of verso. (Inventory #: 27462)
Musical Autographs and Manuscripts; Rare Books on Music and Dance; First and Early Editions of Printed Music; Prints, Drawings and Ephemera relating to Music and Dance including Opera and Ballet.
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