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Euryanthe. Grosse romantische Oper in 3 Aufzügen. Dichtung von Helmine von Chezy, geb: Freyinn von Klencke. In Musik gesetzt und Seiner Majestät Franz I. Kaiser von Oesterreich, König von Ungarn und Böhmen, der Lombardey und Venedig, Galizien und Lodomerien; Erzherzog von Oesterreich &c &c &c in tiefster Ehrfurcht zugeeignet... Vollständiger vom Componisten verfertigter Clavier=Auszug. No. 4519 Preis _10_ Conv. M. [Piano-vocal score]
Wien: S.A. Steiner und Comp. [PNs 4519-4545], 1824. First Edition. WeV C.10. Jähns 291. Hoboken 15, 361. Hirsch IV, 1290. First performed in Vienna on October 25, 1823. "Designated... as a 'grosse romantische Oper', the work combines the defining attribute of 'grand opera' as Weber understood it, the technique of through-composition,... with various attributes of the newer 'romantic' opera such as a medieval setting with a supernatural component and a high degree of structural and genre variety... Although seriously flawed in certain respects, Helmina von Chézy's libretto nevertheless allowed Weber to realize ideals of organic wholeness... even more thoroughly than in Der Freischütz... Slow, chromatic, and seemingly aimless music for divisi muted violins and violas characterizes the ethereal but restless existence of a spirit condemned to eternal wandering; with Emma's redemption at the end of the opera, however, this music is transformed into a diatonic form... Where dialogue separates the formal pieces, Weber composed a flexible, expressive type of accompanied recitative that has little in common melodically or harmonically with conventional approaches to recitative." Paul Corneilson et al in Grove Music Online. Oblong folio. Contemporary olive green cloth-backed marbled boards with green title label gilt to upper, decorative gilt rules to spine. 1f. (recto title, verso blank), [3] (named cast list and contents), 4-223, [i] (blank) pp. Each piece with its own plate number, caption title, note "aus der Oper Euryanthe, von C.M. von Weber" and imprint; pagination is, however, continuous. Engraved. Named cast includes Seipelt, Haizinger, Forti, Sonntag, Grünbaum, Rauscher, and Teimer. With contemporary ownership signature ("Mad: Anna Milder") in black ink to lower outer corner of title. Binding slightly worn; corners bumped and abraided;front free endpaper with numerous perforations. Mostly minor wear and soiling; some occasional staining and foxing; early repairs to margins of pp. 49-50 and 71-80. A very good copy overall.
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