1829 · Mainz und Antwerpen
Binding quite worn, rubbed, and bumped. Some soiling to margins; some leaves with light to moderate foxing and small tears to outer margins, not affecting music; some offsetting to final leaves. First German Edition of the first version, published just months after the first edition. Gossett, p. 523.
Guillaume Tell, to a libretto by Etienne de Jouy and Hippolyte-Louis-Florent Bis based on Friedrich von Schiller's play Wilhelm Tell, was first performed in Paris at the Opéra on 3 August 1829.
"Guillaume Tell, Rossini's last opera, is the new grand opéra he had been contracted to write under the terms of the agreement with the French government drawn up in 1824 at the time of his arrival as a resident in Paris ... The choice of Schiller's Wilhelm Tell (1804) was both adventurous and shrewd. Whether or not Rossini intended this to be his last opera, it brings together elements of his art he had successfully developed over the previous 17 years. Schiller's original play engages themes in which the mature Rossini showed a special interest: among them, the political ideals of a conservative people who seek independence with peace, and the psychology of paternal relations. It also enabled Rossini to exploit further an underlying interest in the related genres of folk music, pastoral, and the picturesque." Richard Osborne in Grove Music Online. (Inventory #: 25909)