Madeleine A Lyric Opera in One Act Adapted from the French of Decourcelles & Thibaut by Grant Stewart. [Piano-vocal score]
1914·New York & London
by HERBERT, Victor 1859-1924
New York & London: G. Schirmer [PN 24218], 1914. First Edition. Rare. "Herbert's only... opera [other than Natoma] was Madeleine, a one-act comedy based on a French play about an operatic prima donna. At the première in 1914 it was paired with Pagliacci, with Caruso in the principal part. Not surprisingly, Madeleine functioned as little more than a curtain-raiser. Its style is ‘conversational' throughout, with continuing motivic commentary from the orchestra. The one real set piece, ‘A Perfect Day', was added at the last moment at the insistence of Frances Alda, who refused to sing the title role otherwise.""Madeleine was dropped from the repertory of the Metropolitan Opera after half a dozen performances, though G. Schirmer published the work in full score, an unprecedented distinction for an American opera." Steven Ledbetter in Grove Music Online.. Quarto. Original publisher's brown wrappers with titling within decorative border printed in teal blue. [i] (title), [i] (blank), [i] (notes on first performance, [i] (blank), 97, [i] (blank) pp.Wrappers somewhat worn, chipped and torn; detached. Small music seller's stamp to title; some leaves slightly torn and soiled, not affecting music; final leaf defective; composer's facsimile signature handstamp to title. (Inventory #: 27562)
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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