Manon Lescaut.


PUCCINI, Giacomo. Manon Lescaut. Dramma Lirico in quattro atti. Riduzioni di Carlo Carignani. Plate number 95567. [10], 258 pp. Illustrated with a full-page photograph of Puccini by the Platinotipia Bertieri. Folio, 272 x 202 mm, bound in publisher's illustrated grey paper over boards. Milan: G. Ricordi & Co., [1909?].

First Edition of the fifth version of the piano vocal score. The opera offered a new version the amous Parisian love story based on the the Abbé Prévost's 1731 novel L'histoire du chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut. Massenet had already composed a French opera based on Prévost's tale in 1884. Puccini engaged five librettists to convert the French novel into an operatic text, including Leoncavallo, Giacosa and Illica. His Manon Lescaut was first performed at the Teatro Regio in Torino on 1 February 1893. It was the composer's third opera and his first international success.

"Of all Puccini's operas Manon Lescaut has presented the greatest number of complexities with its many changes in the music. Among the twelve editions in five different languages there are no fewer than six different versions of the piano vocal score and two of the orchestral…. cuts have been made which have later on been restored and eventually cut again in part" (Hopkinson III, p. 9). This edition which corresponds to the pagination of Hopkinson's Fifth Version 3E.

Hopkinson 3E. Loewenberg 1161.

Item nr. 135047
Price: $500.00

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