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Aida Opera in quattro atti Versi di A. Ghislanzoni... Diritto di traduzione riservato Canto e pianoforte in quarto = Franchi 50. [Piano-vocal score]
Milano: Edizioni Ricordi [PN 42602], 1872. First Edition, second issue of the first version of the opera. Hopkinson 62A(a). Fuld p. 590. Chusid p. 12. Crawford (third issue) p. 565. Verdi's Aida was first performed in Cairo at the Cairo Opera House on December 24, 1871. The Italian première, to which Verdi devoted great attention, took place in Milan at the Teatro alla Scala on February 8, 1872. "There is... one important aspect in which Aida remains the most radical and 'modern' of Verdi's scores: its use of local colour. Aida, constantly alluding to its ambience in harmony and instrumentation, is the one Verdi opera that could not conceivably be transported to another geographical location. In this respect it was an important indication of the influence local colour would come to have over fin-de-siècle opera, and an object lesson on the delicacy and control with which this colour could be applied to the standard forms and expressive conventions of Italian opera." Roger Parker in Grove Music Online. An interesting copy with an important provenance, from the Royal Opera House in Valletta, Malta. Aida was first performed there on October 15, 1877.. Octavo. Full modern dark red simulated leather with titling gilt to spine. 1f. (polychrome title within elaborate decorative borders lithographed by Doyen in Turin), [1] (named cast list for the first performances in Cairo and Milan), [2] (note regarding the piano reduction), [3]-20 (libretto), 1f. (table of contents), iv, 289, [i] (blank) pp. Lithographed, pp. 85-88 engraved. Named cast includes Paride Povoleri, Maria Waldman, Teresina Stolz, Giuseppe Fancelli, Ormondo Maini, Francesco Pandolfini, and Luigi Vistarini in Milan and Tommaso Costa, Eleonora Grossi, Antonietta Pozzoni, Pietro Mongini, Paolo Medini, Francesco Steller, snd Stecchi-Bottardi in Cairo. With "Mr. Ferdinando Aldieri Disesse Malta Dicembre 1900 Stagione 1900-190[1]" in manuscript to upper inner corner of p. i. Piano reduction by Franco Faccio. Extensive performance markings and annotations in pencil and red and blue crayon throughout, occasionally slightly cropped. Lower outer corners soiled; some leaves with tears or somewhat crude repairs with some loss, occasionally affecting music; pp. 273-274 bound in upside-down; three small handstamps of the Radio City Opera house to title and occasionally throughout; oval handstamp of the Impresa Real Teatro in Malta to some pages.
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