Masaniello, Drame lyrique en 4 actes, Poëme de Moreau et Lafortelle... Partition Piano et chant Prix 15f. Net. [Piano-vocal score]
by CARAFA, Michele 1787-1872
Paris: Aléx. Grus ainé [PN A.G. 578.], 1845. Masaniello, ou Le pêcheur napolitain was first performed at the Opéra-Comique (Salle Feydeau) in Paris on December 27, 1827."From 1814 [Carafa] developed into one of the most prolific opera composers of his day; his first big success was Gabriella di Vergy (1816, Naples). He began a lifelong friendship with Rossini, contributing to Adelaide di Borgogna (1817) and providing Pharaoh's first aria in Mosè in Egitto (1818). In 1821 he gained a foothold at the Opéra-Comique, Paris, with Jeanne d'Arc à Orléans, dedicated to Cherubini. Although he continued to produce operas in Italy and outside (Abufar, 1823, by which he set great store, was a failure in Vienna), it was in Paris that his works prospered most. Outstanding successes there included Le solitaire (1822), Le valet de chambre (1823) and above all Masaniello (1827), generally considered the highpoint of his career." Julian Budden in Grove Music Online.. Large octavo. Full modern maroon cloth.  (title), 2 (cast list, table of contents), 3-336 pp. Engraved. Publisher's oval handstamp to lower margin of title. With publisher's advertisement for the following operas to title: Boieldieu's Le Bouquet de l'Infante, Boulanger's Les Sabots de la Marquise, Bousquet's Tabarin, and Montfort's La Jeunesse de Charles Quint. Ownership signature in pencil in a modern hand to upper margin of title. Additional musical notation added in pencil in an early hand to pp. 103, 106, and 132-139, including vocal decorations and alterations. Light to moderate dampstaining to first and last leaves; light foxing, heavier to some leaves. (Inventory #: 25598)
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