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Pelleas et Melisande Drame lyrique en 5 actes et 12 tableaux de Maurice Maeterlinck... Partition pour Chant et Piano. [Piano-vocal score]
Paris A. Durand & Fils [PN D. & F. 6576 / E. 1416 F.] [1905]. Folio. Full publisher's light green cloth with decorative titling gilt to upper and spine. 1f. (title printed in dark brown with publisher's device printed in dark green), 1f. (dedications to the memory of Georges Hartmann and to Andre Messager), 1f. (named cast list, referring to first production), [i] (table of contents), 2-283, [i] (blank) pp. Printed photographically from engraved plates. On fine laid paper with watermark, outer and lower edges uncut. Printer's note to lower left corner of final page of music: "Imp. Chaimbaud et Cie." et engraver's note: "Gulon Grav." The first page of music (p. 2) carries plate number "D & F. 6576"; all other pages carry plate number "E. 1614. F." With notes to foot of p. 2 left, "A. Durand & Fils Editeurs, 4, Place de la Madeleine, Paris"; right, "Copyright by E. Fromont 1902. Tous droits d'execution reserves." Binding slightly worn and bumped; cloth slightly rippled; red ink stains to lower. Pp. 62-73, 86-89 and 184-193 somewhat foxed. In quite good condition overall.. First Edition [?second issue]. A deluxe printing. Lesure 88. The first edition was published by E. Fromont in 1902. The same plates were used for the present issue; only the title and first page of music (p. 2) were altered. On p. 2, the Durand copyright notice and plate number replace those of Fromont. In addition, the position of the dedication and contents pages are reversed. First performed on April 30, 1902 at the Opera- Comique in Paris under the baton of Andre Messager (1853-1929), one of the dedicatees. The other, Georges Hartmann (1843-1900), was an executive of the publisher Fromont. "Debussy finished a first version of the opera in 1895... Several attempts were made to get Pelleas et Melisande staged... but these foundered. At last, on 3 May 1901, the director of the Opera- Comique, Albert Carre, gave [Debussy] a written undertaking to put on Pelleas. Preparations were held up by Maeterlinck, who wanted his mistress Georgette Leblanc to take the role of Melisande. In spite of public demonstrations at the dress rehearsal and first performance... and a chilly reception from several of the critics, the work caught on and made a powerful impression on the musical world at large." Francois Lesure in Grove Music Online.
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