The Canterbury Pilgrims An Opera in Four Acts Book by Percy Mackaye. [Piano-vocal score]
by DE KOVEN, Reginald 1859-1920
Cincinnati: The John Church Company [PN 17571], 1916. Deluxe Limited Edition, this copy no. , with "Stage Copy!" in green ink in manuscript to upper board.The Canterbury Pilgrims, to a libretto by Percy Mackaye after Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, was first performed at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York on March 8, 1917. "At the end of his career, when younger composers eclipsed his reputation, de Koven composed two operas on libretti by Percy MacKaye, The Canterbury Pilgrims and Rip Van Winkle. Having seldom accommodated what he perceived of as a deterioration of musical taste, this autumnal metamorphosis reflects the composer's search for an audience more closely attuned to his ideal." "De Koven's works became the repertory mainstay of the Bostonians, a prominent operetta troupe, and heralded the American end of foreign theatrical domination with contributions from John Philip Sousa, Victor Herbert and Jerome Kern." Orly Leah Krasner in Grove Music Online.An attractive publication.. Folio. Three-quarter contemporary dark brown morocco with raised bands on spine in compartments gilt, titling gilt, upper edge gilt. 1f. (limitation statement), 1f. (fine chromolithograpic title), 1f. (facsimile of a photograph of De Koven by Sarony in New York), 1f. (facsimile of a photograph of Mackaye by Arnold Genthe), 1f. (facsimile of a photograph of Giulio Gatti-Casazza, the director of the Metropolitan Opera, by Mishkin in New York, with a facsimile autograph signature to lower border), 1f. (facsimile of photographs of singers from the cast of the first performance), [i] (half-title printed in red), [i] (copyright notice), [i] ("Argument"), [i] (cast list), 7-436 pp. Partially uncut.Binding slightly worn and rubbed; split at upper joint; endpapers slightly browned at extreme margins due to offset from leather; front pastedown with minor remnants of label, most likely an early bookplate. Occasional very light soiling to margins. A clean, wide-margined copy overall. (Inventory #: 25797)
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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