L'Assedio di Calais Melodramma lirico in tre Atti Poesia di Salvatore Cammarano... Riduzione del Mo. L. Gervasi... Prezzo Fr. 30. Fl. 11.30.cm. [Piano-vocal score]
by DONIZETTI, Gaetano 1797-1848
Milano: Gio Ricordi [PNs 9678-9689; 9692; 9697; 9697 1/2; 9960-9961], 1838. First Edition. Scarce. OCLC no. 229882955. Giuseppe Angeloni et al., Gaetano Donizetti, p. 178. Laterza: Il Catalogo numerico Ricordi 1857, pp. 326, 335.L'assedio di Calais, to a libretto by Cammarano after Pierre Du Belloy, was first performed at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples on November 19, 1836. "In the 19th century L'assedio di Calais had no more than a single run of performances at the S Carlo between 1836 and 1840. An enterprising recording by Opera Rara in 1989 opened the public's eyes to the work's many merits. Originally designed by Donizetti as a passport to the Paris Opéra, it contains an integral divertissement (in which however only two of the four dances are Donizetti's). This was then an unusual feature as almost all Italian operas of the period were performed as double bills along with full-length ballets. The first two acts of L'assedio contain some excellent ensembles, particularly the prayer at the close of Act 2 (‘O sacro polve'), sung as the hostages leave the city hall." William Ashbrook in Grove Music Online.. Oblong folio. Half contemporary brown morocco with marbled boards, light brown printed title label, most probably from publisher's original wrappers, laid down to upper. 1f. (title), [i] (named cast list), [i] (table of contents, with separate plate numbers for each piece), 235, [i] (blank) pp. Engraved. Cast list includes the names of the singers for the first performance. Each piece with a separate price and secondary pagination. Binding considerably worn; detached; spine lacking and reinforced brown tape; tender at joints; free front endpaper detached. Title partially detached; initial leaves slightly soiled and foxed; occasional lsmall tears and creases to blank margins; final leaf reinforced with heavy paper. (Inventory #: 25782)
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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