[AWV 8]. La Neige Opéra en Trois Actes Paroles Françiaises[!] & Italiennes... Arrangé pour le Piano Forte No. Prix: 36f. La Traduction Italienne est faite par Mr. Balocchi. [Piano-vocal score]
by AUBER, Daniel-François-Esprit 1782-1871
Paris: Maurice Schlesinger [PN M.S. 380.], 1825. Probable First Edition. Schneider pp. 64-65 (with an extra title-leaf not present in either our copy, the Bavarian State Library copy, or copies described in OCLC). Lesure p. 390.An opéra-comique to a libretto by E. Scribe and G. Delavigne, La Neige was first performed at the Opéra-Comique in Paris (Salle Feydeau) on October 9, 1823. Auber (1782-1871) was the foremost composer of opéra comique in nineteenth-century France. His operas enjoyed great success not only in his native France but also in Germany, Denmark, and England. In addition to his activities as a composer, Auber was for a time the director of the Paris Conservatoire.. Folio. Full mid-tan cloth, upper with original series title ("Collection des Chefs d'oeuvres Dramatiques Modernes des Ecoles Italienne, Française et Allemande 1ère Série) laid down with "Livraison" number and title of work completed in contemporary manuscript), early owner's initials gilt ("J.B.") to lower outer corner. 1f. (title),  (cast list, table of contents), 2-176 pp. Engraved. Title with lithographic vignette and publisher's handstamp. Table of contents with melodic and textual incipits for each number. Binding somewhat worn, bumped, and stained; partially detached. Slightly worn, soiled, and foxed, heavier to some leaves; several signatures partially detached; occasional small tears to outer margin, not affecting text; occasional minor show-through and offsetting. (Inventory #: 25586)
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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