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Messidor Drame Lyrique en Quatre Actes et Cinq Tableau Poeme de Emile Zola musique de Alfred Bruneau. [Libretto]
Paris Librairie Charpentier et Fasquelle 1897. Octavo. Quarter red cloth with marbled boards, dark green leather title label gilt to spine, original publisher's green printed wrappers bound in. [i] (half-title), [i] (printer's note), 1f. (title), 2ff. (named cast list including dancers), [9]-69, [i] (blank) pp. Some leaves partially uncut. A presentation copy, with autograph inscription boldly signed "Emile Zola" to "Philippe Gille son ami" to half-title. Binding slightly worn, rubbed and bumped; wrappers browned at edges. Minor foxing and occasional signs of wear. A very good wide-margined copy overall.. First Edition of the libretto. First performed at the Paris Opera on February 19th 1897, Messidor was the first of Bruneau's operas for which Emile Zola, the famous novelist and close friend of the composer, wrote the libretto. "The issues of class conflict and distasteful social realities dealt with in the Bruneau-Zola collaborations can hardly have endeared the composer to the richer patrons of the Opera. Messidor, for example, the story of a village community starved of water because a wealthy industrialist has diverted a river to purify gold, brought an entirely new, and by no means entirely welcome, level of social realism into establishments traditionally dealing only with the historical, the fictional and the make-believe... Messidor was the first opera to use prose specifically in the service of naturalism... In an important article 'Vers ou prose', originally published in Le Figaro in 1897 and reprinted in his collection of essays Musiques d'hier et de demain, [Bruneau] defended the practice, although he returned to verse librettos in his later, less naturalistic works." Richard Langham Smith in Grove Music Online Philippe Gille (1831-1901), the dedicatee, was a noted French librettist. "Gille collaborated with such experienced librettists as Ludovic Halevy, Adolphe Jaime and H.-J. Creemieux, whose texts were set by composers including Offenbach, Delibes, Dufresne and Massenet." Christopher Smith in Grove Music Online. He wrote his most famous librettos for Massenet's Manon and Delibes's Lakme.
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