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Fanciulla del West - PUCCINI Giacomo - 1910. 
1910 - PUCCINI, Giacomo. La Fanciulla del West (The Girl of the Golden West). Milan: G. Ricordi, 1910. Quarto, modern half dark brown morocco, original pictorial stiff paper wrappers bound in. WITH: Playbill from the first performance at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York, December 10, 1910. Octavo, original printed paper wrappers, bound into paper portfolio with marbled paper wrapper. Both enclosed in custom cloth clamshell box. $7800.First edition, piano-vocal score for Puccini's classic opera of the American West, signed by Puccini on the date of the opera's premiere at the Metropolitan Opera House and signed as well by conductor Arturo Toscanini and various members of the original cast (Emmy Destinn, Adamo Didur, Dinh Gilly, Angelo Bada, and Giulio Rossi). Together with an original playbill for the performance.This copy of the score was presented to one J. P. Sanborn and is inscribed on the title page (in a hand other than Puccini's) "To Mr. J. P. Sanborn, with the Composer's Compliments"" New York, Dec. 10, 1910," with Puccini's full autograph signature appearing below. The signatures of Toscanini and the cast members appear on the page listing the performers. "On his first visit to the United States, in 1905, Puccini saw a performance of David Belasco's horse opera The Girl in the Golden West and was fascinated by the old stage wizard's tricks with moving scenery and an elaborate snowstorm. He was also fascinated by the warmth of the reception that America accorded him. But it was not until he had returned to Italy that he finally decided to make this play the vehicle for his next operatic score". `For this drama,' he said, `I have composed music that, I feel sure, reflects the American people, and particularly the strong, vigorous nature of the West'" (100 Great Operas and Their Stories, 216). The only signature absent among the cast members is that of Enrico Caruso, who performed the role of Dick Johnson. Trimmed, clipping the signatures of two of the cast members (Rossi and Bada). Hopkinson 7A. Score in fine condition, playbill with some restoration to rear wrapper and repair to inner hinges of some pages. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Soft Cover]
[Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books]
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