1822 · Pariggi
Publisher's and vendor's handstamps to lower margin of title.
Binding slightly worn, bumped, and discoloured; endpapers slightly stained with repair to small tear to upper margin of free front endpaper. Uniform light browning; occasional light soiling; outer margins slightly cockled; lower margins of outer leaves with minor stains; two repairs to outer margin of pp. 141-142; slight loss to blank lower margin of p. 151, not affecting music. An attractive copy overall. Second version, revised for the Naples production. Gossett p. 357. Zedda: La gazza ladra, p. 41. OCLC no. 181939537.
La gazza ladra, to a libretto by Giovanni Gherardini after La pie voleuse by J.M.T. Badouin d'Aubigny and Louis-Charles Caigniez, was first performed at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan on May 31, 1817. "The score of the opera underwent extensive alterations and cutting in subsequent years. Rossini himself pointed the way with revised performing editions, supervised by himself, in Pesaro in 1818 and in Naples, at the Teatro del Fondo in 1819 and the S Carlo in 1820."
"Musically, La gazza ladra is the finest of Rossini's several essays in the semiseria that stretch from L'equivoco stravagante (1811) to Matilde di Shabran (1821). In this instance, the work can be seen to derive in part from the French drama larmoyant, in part from the so-called 'rescue' opera. The opera deals with a wide range of social groupings, and conforms to the tradition of the happy ending, the heroine saved from execution at the eleventh hour, even though in the original French play the heroine dies on the gallows." Richard Osborne in Grove Music Online. (Inventory #: 26409)