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Aida. Grand opéra en quatre actes. Paroles françaises de MM. Du Locle & Nuitter.
Paris, Léon Escudier, [1880]. - Large 8vo. Title page, (1) f. dramatis personae and table of contents, 307 pp., with 6 additional pp. bound after p. 124. Plate number 3603. Contemporary half morocco with giltstamped spine title. Marbled endpapers. First French edition: a precious copy signed by the composer during the first performance in French. The signature "G. Verdi" is in the upper right corner of the table of contents beneath the stamp "Souvenir of 22 March 1880". Verdi undoubtedly offered his closest collaborators copies of the score on the occasion of the French staging of the opera, directed by the composer himself at the Palais Garnier in the presence of the entire Parisian world of art, literature, finance, and government. - "Aida" was composed for the inauguration celebration of the Suez Canal, based on a libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni, and was first staged at the Cairo Opera House (in Italian) on Christmas Eve, 1871. The editorial history of the score is a complex one: the work was first published in Italian by Ricordi in 1872 and then reissued the same year in France (again in Italian) by Léon Escudier, who immediately produced several adaptations and instrumental or vocal arrangements (in French). The French première (in Italian) took place in 1876. On the occasion of the performance in 1880, Verdi gave more prominence to the ballet parts, and Escudier published six pages of additional music, printed and numbered separately and inserted between pages 124 and 125 of the original score. With this addition, also present in this copy, "Aida" reached its definitive form. - First and last pages somewhat foxed, extremeties slightly rubbed, otherwise in fine condition. From the collection of Pierre Bergé with his bookplate on the front pastedown. Hopkinson, A Bibliography of the Works of Giuseppe Verdi (New York 1978) II, no 62 B (d). [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy]
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