1878 · Paris
Named cast includes J. Granier, Vauthier, Berthelier, Urbain, Caliste, Elim, Bovet, Hervier, Deberg, Desclos, Duchosal, Desclauzas, Mily Meyer, Léa d'Asco, Piccolo, Panseron, Ribe, Lasselin, Dianie, and Davenay.
Binding slightly worn, rubbed, and bumped; former owner's signature ("Mde. G. G. Carandine") to front pastedown. Light to moderate foxing; some signatures split; handstamps to title. First Edition of the second version.
Le petit duc , to a libretto by Meilhac and Halévy, was first performed in Paris at the Renaissance on January 25, 1878.
"Settling once again in Paris, [Lecocq] confirmed his international reputation with La petite mariée (1875) and Le petit duc (1878), both of which have remained in the French operetta repertory..."
"Much of Lecocq's music is characterized by a light touch, but he could also adopt a more lyrical and elevated style than Offenbach and termed several of his operettas opéras comiques. His greatest popular triumph, La fille de Madame Angot, has remained a classic among operettas, and demonstrates Lecocq's abundant flow of pleasing melodies, his deft exploitation of rhythm for a lively theatrical effect, impressive building up of extended numbers, and typically French shaping of phrases." Andrew Lamb in Grove Music Online. (Inventory #: 28609)