1910 · Budapest
"II. Kiadás" (2nd issue) printed at head of vol. 2.
Contains 10 numbers from the opera.
Booksellers' handstamps to titles; previous owner's signature "Bossányi Jószef 1910 Bpest" to titles and handstamp to first page of music.
Wrappers worn, frayed, and partially detached. Somewhat worn, soiled, and browned. First Edition. Scarce. A full piano-vocal score was not published.
Az Obsitos, to a libretto by Károly Bakonyim was first performed in Budapest at the Vígszínház on March 16, 1910. The opera was performed in German (Der gute Kamarad) in Vienna at the Bürgertheater on October 27, 1911 and in English (Her Soldier Boy) in New York at the Astor Theatre on December 6, 1916.
"Kálmán's most successful and typical works are those in which the Viennese waltz is mixed with the Hungarian popular style. His major international operetta successes all had Hungarian settings, while other works had sub-plots with opportunities for music in the Hungarian manner. Even in his last work, set on a ranch in Arizona, the heroine is a Hungarian. Thus he was able to add to his fund of melody an almost obsessive taste for Hungarian popular rhythms, set off by a penchant for opulent orchestral colouring and instrumental counterpoint." Andrew Lamb in Grove Dictionary of Opera. (Inventory #: 32205)