L'Ile Désenchantée Drame Musical en deux Actes et trois Tableaux Tiré des "Grandes légendes de France" d'Édouard Schuré Poème de Maria Star... La Partition Chant et Piano Prix net: 15 francs. [Piano-vocal score]
by FÉVRIER, Henry 1875-1957
Paris: Heugel [PN H. 27,246], 1925. First Edition. OCLC no. 1932872.L'Île désenchantée, to a libretto by Maria Star (E. Stern) after Édouard Schuré, was first performed at the Paris Opéra on November 23, 1925.Eugène Picheran (1865-19??) was a noted French composer and conductor at the Folies Dramatique and the Opéra-Comique in Paris.'[Février's] early compositions were small-scale, but he later turned almost exclusively to opera composition. Many of the operas (e.g. Le roi aveugle, 1906; L'île désenchantée, 1925) are set in remote, other-worldly locations, and the redemption of mankind through love is a constant theme... In his musical dramas, Février favoured a continuous dramatic flow, uninterrupted by clearly defined arias and choruses... His use of such 'set pieces', plus a limited use of leitmotif, and the nature of his plots exhibit the influence of Wagner to a high degree, although his contemporaries saw in Monna Vanna the influence of Massenet and Italian verismo." John Wagstaff and Richard Langham Smith in Grove Music Online.. Large octavo. Original publishers dark ivory wrappers printed in red and black. 1f. (recto half-title, verso blank), 1f. (recto title, verso blank, 1f. (recto named cast list, verso table of contents), 1f. (recto table of contents, verso publisher's note), 175, [i] (blank) pp. Preliminary leaves printed in red and black. Unopened.With an autograph inscription signed by the composer in black ink to half-title: "A mon cher Eugène Picheran que j'ai retrouvé à l'Opéra, toujours dévoué collaborateur de mes pensées et de mes gôuts artistiques. Hommage d'amitié, de reconnaissance, et d'admiration. Henry Février."Publisher's handstamp to lower margin of title; printer's note to lower margin of p. 175.Wrappers very slightly worn and soiled.
(Inventory #: 26210)
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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