Cavalleria Rusticana. Pietro MASCAGNI.
Cavalleria Rusticana.
Cavalleria Rusticana.
Cavalleria Rusticana.
Cavalleria Rusticana.
Cavalleria Rusticana.
Cavalleria Rusticana.
Cavalleria Rusticana.

Cavalleria Rusticana.


MASCAGNI, Pietro. Cavalleria Rusticana. Melodramma in un Atto di G. Targioni-Tozzetti e G. Menasci. Riduzione per Canto e Pianoforte di Leopoldo Mugnone. XVI, 168 pp. Plate number 492 throughout. Folio, 307 x 230 mm., bound in contemporary Italian half brown morocco, matching marbled paper over boards. Milan: Edoardo Sonzogno, 1890.

_____. PLUS: One page ALS, 118 x 174 mm, on thick, smooth paper, signed "PMascagni" and dated "Brünn, 2 Febbraio 1925."

First Edition of the piano vocal score. Considered one of the classic "verismo" operas, Cavalleria premiered on May 17, 1890 at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome, where the composer received an inconceivable 40 curtain calls. The opera was written by a 25 year old Mascagni in eight days. Today the opera is most frequently performed in tandem with Leoncavallo's Pagliacci. In the 1890s both Cavalleria and Pagliacci were thought to represent something quite modern, with noble and powerful emotions given to low-borne characters (con suprema passione) in settings which were both naturalistic and contemporary.

A highlight of the opera has always been the Intermezzo, performed between the two scenes of the opera, while the stage remains empty. Tipped-in to this first edition is an autograph quotation by Mascagni of four measures on musical stave from the famous Intermezzo. On the verso is a note with musical annotation from Hermann Leopoldi dated "Brünn, 24 II 1926." Some wear to edges of binding, two pages loose and glue back in at an early date.

PROVENANCE: J. Borowsky with his signature on front fly-leaf and in a few places throughout the volume.

Fuld 301-302.

Item nr. 125045
Price: $3,500.00

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