Der Aerndtekranz, eine comische Oper in drey Acten [Piano reduction with interlined text]
by HILLER, Johann Adam 1728-1804
Leipzig: Johann Friedrich Junius, 1772. First Edition. Hoboken 16, 118. Hirsch IV, 1159. RISM H5254.First performed at the Theater auf der Ranstädter Bastei in Leipzig, April or May 1771. The libretto is by Christian Felix Weisse."The most important figures in the rise of the German Singspiel are the dramatist and poet C.F. Weisse (1726-1804) and the composer J.A. Hiller (1728-1804). All but four of Hiller's 14 Singspiele are settings of Weisse librettos, and his first attempts were adaptations of the two Coffey-Standfuss works, for which Weisse had arranged the texts. In most of his Singspiel texts Weisse leant on French originals (mainly by Favart), though in Der Ärndtekranz (1771) he wrote an original German libretto." Peter Branscombe in Grove Music Online.Lieschen's song, "Gehe, guter Peter, gehe!" (p. 51), became the theme for Max Reger's Variations on a Theme by Hiller, op. 100 (1904).. Oblong quarto. Contemporary dark brown calf with elaborately blindstamped edges and central panel. [i] (title with engraved vignette), [i] (cast), iii-xii ("Sinfonie"), 99, [i] (index) pp. Typeset.Notated on piano grand staff throughout, with right hand staff in soprano clef. Vocal parts and major instrumental parts printed in regular size; additional instrumental parts printed as cue notes; additional stanzas printed as residual text.Handstamp of "A. Slawinsky Agentur- und Commissionsgeschäft Plauen i. V." to front endpaper; handstamp of "A. Slawinsky Plauen i. V." to title. Small bookseller's label to upper pastedown.Minor foxing; occasional show-through; worming to inner margins, heaviest to first leaves; small tear to upper margin of pp. 95-96. (Inventory #: 26760)
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