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Price: $650.00

EXCELLENT CONDITION

Autographed first edition score of the Léon Delahaye arranged score of the 4 hand arrangement of the overture and 2nd Act ballet from Massenet’s opera, “Le Cid” 1887 with a musical quotation of the opening 4 bars from the Aragonaise dance from the ballet.  Massenet has dedicated, To Miss Margeurite Villard, a lovely  friend of my daughter…..April/87.

Plate: 1669, G. Hartmann, Editeur, Paris, cover, endpaper, 77 pages of music, folio, complete.

Overture 2-17, Castillane 2-9, Andalouse 10-13, Aragonaise 12-17, Aubade 18-21, Catalane 22-27, Madrilene 28-33, Navarraise 34-43, Rapsodie Mauresque 2-13, Marche Le Cid 2-13

The second printing included the increased by one plate number 1670.

The partitur full score was published in 1886.  The 4 hand piano score second edition bearing the 1670 plate was published in 1887, though the month is unknown.  This earlier score could have been published in either year, though as a first edition, prior to the 1670 printing.

“Le Cid” was a big deal premiere on November 30th, 1885.  The Paris Opera Director, former bass Pedro Gailhard staged the performance himself.  The President of the French Republic was in attendance and the casting was what one could call “Luxury” with the “it” brothers Jean and Edouard de Reske in the tenor and bass leads and the great Fides Devries the lead soprano, the great baritone Leon Melchissedec and singing the second bass role, Pol Plancon! As with all Paris Opera performances and still operated under the Napoleonic edict that a ballet was a requirement during the opera.  Massenet wrote a suite of Spanish dance styles for the second act which are often performed today on their own as a separate ballet, or as an orchestral showpiece.  The opera proved to be a popular work in Paris and was revived continually through the 1919 season save the First World War.  The fact that a second printing came within a year of the first is an attestation to its’ popularity at the time.  The de Reske brothers would go on to perform the work at the Metropolitan Opera with great success.  The opera does receive revivals from time to time, however it requires a large lead cast, chorus and dancers, as well as a large orchestra a la Meyerbeer, so it is not performed often due to the expense.  In addition to the ballet which has stood the test of time, the aria “O Souverain” has long been a tenor showpiece.

Marguerite Villard, the friend of Massenet’s only child Juliette Massenet, must have been a fine pianist and moved in musical circles.  We also offer a 4 hand autographed score to her of Charles Lefevre. Gabriel Fauré dedicated his 1902 op. 84 Pieces Breves to her.

This score was dis-bound from a large album of 4 hand piano music belonging to Villard.  There is slight separation at the binding which for obvious reasons does not contain a wrapper. At the buyers pleasure, the score could be re-bound, or not.

 

JULES MASSENET - COMPOSER
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