The Firefly A Comedy-Opera in Three Acts The Book & Lyrics by Otto Hauerbach... Second Edition. [Piano-vocal score]
by FRIML, Rudolf 1879-1972
New York: G. Schirmer [PN 23903], 1912. "In 1912 Victor Herbert, who had quarreled with Emma Trentini, the leading lady of his Naughty Marietta, refused to honour his commitment to compose a second operetta for the singer; Friml was called upon to take Herbert's place and wrote The Firefly (including the songs ‘Giannina mia' and ‘Sympathy'), which became his first Broadway success." Gerald Bordman et al. in Grove Music Online.First performed at the Empire Threatre in Syracuse, New York, on October 14, 1912, conducted by Gaetano Merola with dances arranged by Signor Albertieri.. Quarto. Original olive green cloth-backed publisher's coloured wrappers illustrated by K Kato. 1f. (title within decorative border), 1f. (first performance statement, named cast list, synopsis of scenes), 1f. (recto musical numbers, verso blank), 167, [i] (blank) pp. Wrappers slightly worn and soiled with occasional small tears to blank margins. (Inventory #: 27351)
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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