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Madama Butterfly (da John L. Long & David Belasco) Tragedia Giapponese di L. Illica e G. Giacosa... Opera Completa... Canto e Pianoforte (A) Netti Fr. 15. - Mk. 12. - Pianoforte Solo (A) Netti Fr. 10 - Mk. 8. - Nuova Edizione Riduzione di Carlo Carignani. [Piano-vocal score]
Milano..: G. Ricordi & C. [PN 11000], 1904. First Edition of the revised version of the opera. Hopkinson 6B. Schickling 74.E.2. Madama Butterfly, to a libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica after David Belasco's play Madame Butterfly, itself based on John Luther Long's short story, which in turn was based partly on Pierre Loti's tale Madame Chrysanthème, was first performed in Milan at the Teatro alla Scala on February 17, 1904 and in a revised version in Brescia at the Teatro Grande on May 28 of that same year. "Puccini was seized with the subject after seeing Belasco's play performed in London in June 1900, and he immediately applied to Belasco for the rights... No other Puccini opera testifies more strongly to his ability to discern the possibilities for music drama... By making use of at least seven Japanese folk melodies the composer both evoked the Far Eastern ambience and enlarged his musical vocabulary, since every one of them is assimilated into his own personal and by now highly sophisticated style. The scale of musical thought is likewise grander than ever before." Julian Budden in Grove Music Online. "This opera, Puccini's favourite, was, as is well known, a complete failure at its first performance and is in the front rank of fatal operatic first nights. Not only was it hurriedly withdrawn after the first night but publication of the first edition was stopped and copies immediately withdrawn from sale, thus ensuring its considerable rarity. The work was originally conceived in three acts but the original version was produced and published in two. Puccini set to work immediately after its failure on a heavy revision, and owing to the severe criticism expressed at the length of the second act split it into two parts. The revised version was first performed with an almost complete change of cast (Rosino Storchio being replaced by Salomea Krusceniski, but Zenatello and De Luca still remaining, with Campanini conducting) little more than three months later, when it received a far warmer welcome. This second version was published about the same time." Hopkinson p. 24. The present copy was inscribed to Campanini just two days before the first performance of the revised version in Brescia. Campanini also conducted the first performance of the first version of the opera at La Scala earlier that year, on February 17, 1904. An important association copy of one of Puccini's best known and loved operas.. Quarto. Publisher's decorative ivory cloth boards with red and blue highlights and lettering gilt, spine with decorative elements and titling gilt, decorative endpapers. 1f. (recto decorative half-title, verso blank), 1f. (recto dedication to "La Regina Elena" in autograph facsimile, verso blank), 1f. (recto reproduction photographic portrait of Puccini, verso blank), 1f. (recto title, verso copyright notice), 1f. (recto cast list, verso table of contents), 1f. (recto Act I part-title, verso decorative device), 186, 1f. (recto Act II part-title, verso decorative device), 189-322, 1f. (recto Act II part 2 title, verso decorative device), 325-399, [i] (blank) pp. With autograph inscription to half-title signed and inscribed to the conductor Cleofonte Campanini by Puccini dated Brescia May 26, [19]04. Publisher's small circular blindstamp to inner corners of first leaves dated April 1904. Occasional performance markings in pencil; several notational corrections and text added to pp. 372-379 in an unknown hand. Binding somewhat worn, soiled, slightly faded, and shaken. Some minor internal wear and foxing; first signature separating.
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