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[WWV 70]. Tannhäuser und der Sängerkrieg auf Wartburg, romantische Oper in drei Acten... Völlständiger Clavierauszug... Preis 8 Thlr. [Piano-vocal score]
Dresden: C.F. Meser [PNs 325; 325.1; 325.9], 1846. First Edition, first issue of the first version of the opera. Hopkinson 1B (without the imprint "Typendruck von G.B. Teubner in Leipzig" to cast list). Klein p. 23. Fuld p. 428. Deathridge et al. p. 282, XXI. First performed in Dresden at the Hoftheater on October 19, 1845, to a libretto by the composer. "Tannhäuser, with its frequently abrupt contrasts and rudimentary motivic integration, falls well short of the mature Wagnerian music drama. Yet it marks a considerable advance over Der fliegende Holländer in the deployment of the orchestra, continues Wagner's preoccupation with the dramatic conception or 'poetic intent', and shows some awareness of what he later referred to as 'the beautiful, convincing necessity of transition'." Barry Millington in Grove Music Online. The handstamp "v. Milde" may belong to either Hans Feodor von Milde (1821-1899), a distinguished Austrian baritone who excelled in the operas of Wagner, or his wife, Milde-Agthe (1825-1906), a successful German soprano. Both were engaged at the Weimar Hofoper for a number of years, where they sang in the first performance of Lohengrin, conducted by Franz Liszt.. Folio. Quarter dark brown morocco with pebbled paper boards, raised bands on spine in gilt-ruled compartments, titling gilt, marbled edges.1f. (recto title, verso blank), 1f. (recto half-title, verso cast list and table of contents), 3-263, [i] (blank) pp. Title lithographed. Music engraved. "Stich und Druck der Paez'schen Offizin in Leipzig" to lower margin of p. 3; "Wolfram, Tannhaüser. - Die jüngeren Pilger." printed at beginning of Act III, scene 3 (p. 240). With small oval handstamp of "v[on]. Milde" in Weimar to upper and lower margins of title. Occasional markings, minor annotations, cuts in pencil, perhaps in von Milde's hand. Bindingworn, rubbed, and bumped; split at upper hinge. Some soiling, staining, and scattered foxing; minor wear and occasional small tears to inner margins, not affecting music; lower outer corners of some leaves slightly creased.
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