[Op. 35]. Alkestis Drama in einem Aufzuge nach Euripides von Hugo von Hofmannsthal Bearbeitung für die Opernbühne und Musik von Egon Wellesz Op. 35 Partitur. [Full score]
by WELLESZ, Egon 1885-1974
[Vienna]: Universal=Edition [PN U.E. 7426], 1924. First Edition. Rare. WorldCat (6 copies only, 2 of which are at Harvard). The number to the upper wrapper in all likelihood points to a limited edition, but there is no evidence of this within the score.Elaine Padmore (born 1947) is an arts adminstrator. She was Director of Opera at Covent Carden from 2000 to 2011. The protocol dates from her years at the BBC (to 1983); Wellesz is listed as a living person and the conductor was Miltiades Caridis (1923-1998).First performed at the Nationaltheater Mannheim on March 20, 1924.Wellesz was an Austrian composer, musicologist and teacher. "His importance as a composer rests chiefly on his stage works and symphonies... In 1905 he registered for instruction in harmony and counterpoint under Schoenberg... Rigorous training in the fundamentals of music took place... left him with a lifetime of respect for his master's teaching ability. His compositional heritage was so grounded in Viennese tonality that only on occasion did he adopt 12-note technique... In the decade between 1921 and 1931 Wellesz had all but one of his stage works performed... This was a period when several Austrian composers experimented with adapting ancient Greek mythology to the requirements of 20th-century opera... Alkestis is one of Wellesz's more impressive achievements, couched in an austere style and... making extensive use of the chorus. But perhaps because of its restrained subject matter and its musical idiom, the work was more esteemed than performed. The myth of Alcestis, like that of Iphigenia in Tauris, is lacking in erotic interest, and indeed Wellesz generally avoided the sensational in his librettos. Certainly in Alkestis the music is more concerned with psychological developments; the lieto fine is achieved by a numinous transfiguration rather than by a spectacular deus ex machina." F.W. Sternfeld in Grove Music Online.. Large folio. Original green printed wrappers. 1f. (title), 1f. (cast and orchestra), 216 pp. Facsimile of copyist's manuscript. Printed note, "Partitur No. [handstamped 15]" to upper wrapper.With a 4-page typed synopsis in English of a radio performance of the opera, copyright Elaine Padmore, undated. Spine reinforced with tape. Browned, more heavily to final leaves; bumped at lower outer corner. (Inventory #: 26826)
Musical Autographs and Manuscripts; Rare Books on Music and Dance; First and Early Editions of Printed Music; Prints, Drawings and Ephemera relating to Music and Dance including Opera and Ballet.
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