Antony and Cleopatra Opera in Three Acts... The Text of William Shakespeare Adapted by Franco Zeffirelli... Piano Reduction by the Composer. [Piano-vocal score]
by BARBER, Samuel 1910-1981
New York: G. Schirmer [PN 46074], 1966. First Edition."One of the most honoured and most frequently performed American composers in Europe and the Americas during the mid-20th century, Barber pursued, throughout his career, a path marked by a vocally inspired lyricism and a commitment to the tonal language and many of the forms of late 19th-century music. Almost all of his published works - including at least one composition in nearly every genre - entered the repertory soon after he wrote them and many continue to be widely performed today."Antony and Clepatra, Barber's second opera, was written for the opening of the new Metropolitan Opera House in New York in 1966. "[It] contains some of Barber's most dramatic vocal writing, but initial appreciation was eclipsed by the inflated Zeffirelli production with its problematic technical apparatus and gaudy costumes, and a press preoccupied with the social glitter of the occasion. Some of the most sensuous and soaring lyrical passages were composed especially with the voice of [Leontyne] Price in mind, who created the role of Cleopatra. Revised by Barber and restaged by Menotti, the work subsequently received critical accolade with performances at the American Opera Center at the Juilliard School in New York in 1975 and at the Spoleto festivals in Charleston and Italy in 1984." Barbara B. Heyman in Grove Music Online.. Folio. Original publisher's illustrated wrappers printed in black and brown with titling in white. [i] (title), [i] (copyright), [i] (cast of characters), [i] (blank), [i] (scenes), [i] (blank), 342, [iii] (blank) pp.Wrappers slightly worn.
(Inventory #: 27271)
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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