Edition conforme à la Partition manuscrite déposée à la Bibliothèque du Coservatoire 1889 Les Troyens Poëme Lyrique en 5 actes et 8 tableaux... Partition Chant et Piano Prix: 25 f. net. [Piano-vocal score]
by BERLIOZ, Hector 1803-1869
[Paris]: [Choudens] [PNs A.C. 987, A.C. 988, A.C. 8086], 1891. Second edition. Hopkinson 64 A (a) and 65 A (a), variant (pp. 139-140). Les Troyens is an opera in 5 acts by Berlioz to his own libretto after Virgil's Aeneid. Acts 3-5 were first performed, as Les Troyens à Carthage, at the Théâtre Lyrique in Paris on November 4, 1863. The complete opera was first performed 21 years after Berlioz's death, in Karlsruhe on December 6-7, 1890. "A central tenet of [Berlioz's] artistic creed was that the union of music and poetry held incomparably greater power than either art alone. In writing his own libretto, he gave himself the freedom to perfect both the story and the lyrics as part of the compositional process... By Les Troyens he had become a master of design, imagery and multi-dimensional architecture, and what resulted from his particular sense of the composer as hero was a marked solidarity of overall structure." D. Kern Holoman in Grove Music Online."Bebb was an avid collector of 78 rpm gramophone records. He was a committee member of the British Institute of Recorded Sound, a forerunner to the British Library Sound Archive, and oversaw the launch of Historic Masters, a vinyl record label dedicated to issuing rare 78 rpm recordings of historic opera singers. His personal collection included recordings of singers and opera performances in England, as well as the Henry Irving cylinder recordings which he rediscovered. He did not favour discs based on established values and reputation, but judged singers on their musical merit..." Wikipedia. Large octavo. Full modern black cloth with red morocco title label gilt to spine, original publisher's pink wrappers printed in dark pink and gold bound in. 1f. (half title), 1f. (quotation from Berlioz's memoirs), 1f. (cast list), 1f. (performance notes), 2ff. (table of contents with a summary of each scene), 443, [i] (blank), [I]-III ("Coupures et Raccords... "), [i] (blank) pp. Partially uncut. In French. With publisher's catalogue to lower wrapper. No title page, as issued. Many pages lacking plate numbers. Ex libris the noted English actor Richard Bebb (1927-2006), with his signature to upper corner of front free endpaper.Binding very slightly worn; wrappers with minor browning, soiling, foxing, and slight loss to outer margins. Edges slightly browned; scattered, light foxing, heavier to some leaves. (Inventory #: 25592)
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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