1762 · Paris
Blaise, Adolphe Benoît d. 1772
Recueil de toutes les ariettes d'Annette et Lubin, Avec accompagnement de Clavecin ou Violoncelle. Prix 3tt. 12s. Paris: De La Chevardiere, . 1f. (recto title within decorative border, verso blank), 100 pp. text and melodies. Engraved throughout. With small armorial bookplate and early signature ("Chevrier") to upper outer corner of front pastedown. First Edition. Scarce. Lesure, p. 53. RISM B2785 (no copies recorded in the U.S.).
Genevieve Thibault, Comtesse de Chambure
Octavo. Half mid-tan calf with marbled boards.
Binding slightly worn, rubbed, and bumped; hinges cracked; endpapers stained at corners. Minor wear; small stain to center of first three leaves; manuscript notes slightly trimmed. Previous owner's name ("Nunico") to head of both pieces. Annette et Lubin, a pastorale in one act, was first performed in Paris at the Théâtre du Maréchal de Richelieu on March 30, 1762. Its popularity was evidenced by the inclusion of airs from the opera in many 18th century French song collections.
"The majority of [La Borde's] stage works are opéras comiques, but he also wrote pastoral operas, such as Annette et Lubin, La meunière de Gentilly and La cinquantaine. Their short airs, hardly allowing the singers time to express any sentiment, are mostly composed in regular periods, with a string and basso continuo accompaniment, resembling the ariettes or chansons that La Borde published separately in collections with great success. The pastorales convey less a sense of drama than an agreeable lyrical atmosphere." Michael Fend in Grove Music Online. (Inventory #: 31436)