Oblong folio. Quarter dark red morocco with marbled boards, spine in compartments gilt, titling gilt. 1f. (series title "Répertoire der besten Opern in vollstaendigsten Clavier=Auszügen. Band. Wien. Im Kunst und Musik=Verlag des S.A. Steiner"), 1f. (title with fine engraved vignette depicting a scene from the opera), [i] (blank), 2-80, [i] (blank), 2-114 pp. Engraved.Handstamp of the Conservatorium für Musik of Stuttgart to lower margin of series title, title, and p. 2.Binding very slightly worn, rubbed and bumped. Margins slightly soiled; minor dampstaining to series title, title, and outer portions of final signatures; occasional light foxing and staining; binder's holes to inner margins. Scarce. Weinmann, Senefelder-Steiner-Haslinger 1, 124. OCLC nos. 633228241, 746298094 (2 copies, both in Germany). RISM CC 2028 I,315 (5 copies, all in Austria and Germany). Lodoiska, to a libretto by Claude-François Filette-Loraux after Jean-Baptiste Louvet de Couvrai, was first performed at the Théâtre Feydeau in Paris on July 18, 1791."The work was greeted with enthusiasm, although the libretto fell short of being a masterpiece. Everything pleased, from beautiful and effective music to sensational stage devices, and Lodoïska ran for 200 performances. It was so popular that it was revived at the Feydeau in 1819 and was performed frequently in the Germanic countries in the early 19th century, including a production in Vienna in 1805, while Cherubini was there, for which he provided additional music. Its success was assured by its flowing vocal lines, its novel orchestration and its romantic plot, which seized the imagination of the inhabitants of revolutionary Paris by setting the righteousness of heroism, liberty and fraternity against the evil of tyranny. With Lodoïska Cherubini turned his back on his training as an Italian composer of opera seria, choosing the freer form of opéra comique over the more stilted and confining tragédie lyrique and embarking on a course of development of opéra comique which was to lead to the eradication of almost all differences between the two genres except for the spoken dialogue. With Lodoïska Cherubini secured the admiration of the French populace and the esteem of his fellow musicians." Stephen C. Willis in Grove Music Online. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Lodoiska eine heroische Oper in III Ackten. ...
Publisher: S.A. Steiner [PN C.D. 2220.]
Publication Date: 1814
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