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Wagner, Richard (1813-1883)

Tannhäuser Und Der Sängerkrieg Auf Wartburg. Große Romantische Oper In Drei Akten. [Libretto].

C. F. Meyer: Dresden, 1845. First Edition. 12mo. 48 pp. Paper wrappers, front not present and back detaching. A somewhat delicate but very nice and clean copy. Marginal spotting to pp. 37-43; tiny chips to corners of pp. 1-2.
Wagner began work on a prose draft of Tannhäuser in 1842 and completed the libretto in 1843; the finished opera premiered under his baton in 1845. As the work traveled across Europe in subsequent decades Wagner would revise it heavily; in Paris, for instance, it was translated into French and gained a ballet.
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