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[WWV96]. Die Meistersinger. Full score
Mainz: B. Schott's Sohnen [PN 18469], 1868. First Edition, later issue. Klein p. 33. Deathridge et al p. 481. Hirsch II, 937. The two first printings were very limited, consisting of only 50 and 25 copies respectively (Fuld p. 449). The present copy lacks the dedication to King Ludwig, carries the plate number at the bottom of the title-page, and is stamped "135" at the upper margin of the second leaf, indicating that it is, in all likelihood, part of the third printing of the work. Die Meistersinger was first performed on June 21, 1868 in Munich at the Königliches Hof- und Nationaltheater to Wagner's own libretto. "The only comedy among Wagner's mature works, Die Meistersinger is a rich, perceptive music drama widely admired for its warm humanity but regarded with suspicion by some for its dark underside. Its genial aspect is immensely enhanced by the technical mastery displayed by Wagner at the height of his powers." Barry Millington in Grove Music Online. Steinbach, a friend of Brahms, studied in Vienna with Notterbohm and Door and later in Karlsruhe with Dessoff and Lachner. "In 1880 he became assistant Kapellmeister in Mainz and in 1886, on the recommendation of Hans von Bülow, was appointed to teach counterpoint and composition at the Hoch Conservatory in Frankfurt. In the same year Georg II, Duke of Sachsen-Meiningen, appointed him Kapellmeister of the Meiningen Hofkapelle, an ensemble that under Bülow (1880-85), had become one of the best orchestras in Europe. Steinbach became Generalmusikdirektor of the ensemble in 1893 and Intendant in 1896. As the friend of Brahms, he became the accepted interpreter of Brahms's orchestral music... From 1903 he was civic Kapellmeister, director of the Gürzenich concerts and director of the conservatory in Cologne. Steinbach's period in Cologne marked a highpoint in the musical life of the city..." Herta Müller in Grove Music Online.. Two volumes. Folio. Mid-tan quarter leather with raised bands on spine in gilt-ruled compartments with titling gilt, full dark olive green embossed cloth with titling gilt. 1f. (lithographic title), 1f. (recto cast list and description of the setting for each of the three acts, verso blank) 1f. (recto list of performing forces, verso blank), 570 pp. Engraved. From the library of the German conductor and composer Fritz Steinbach (1855-1916), with his name and "Weihnachten 1880" stamped in gilt to lower margin of upper board. With occasional performance parkings in pencil and blue crayon, quite likely in Steinbach's hand. Binding slightly worn, rubbed, and bumped. Some light foxing, minor tears, and thumbing; corner of pp. 161/162 lacking, not affecting music; tear to lower inner corner of pp. 549/550 extending into printed area but with no loss. A very good copy overall.
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