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Giordano, Umberto (1867-1948)

Fedora. [Vocal score]

Edoardo Sonzogno: Milano, 1898. Pl.n: E 984 S. first edition of piano-vocal score (possibly third issue). Large quarto. 259 pp. Original green wraps. In an elegant half-bound red leather box with marbled boards and raised bands, gilt label, and gilt decoration at spine. Box is pristine but music has spine chipped and detaching, and cover stained and chipped around edges. Internally very good and clean.
Inscribed by the composer on the half-title page: All'amico De Nevers | ricordo affetuoso | Umberto Giordano | Milano Dicembre 98.

Fedora premiered in 1898 at the Teatro Lirico in Milan with Caruso in the lead tenor role. This first-edition piano-vocal score dates to the same year; it does not seem that a full orchestral score was published until decades later.

The "De Nevers" to whom this volume is inscribed is almost certainly the Polish-born journalist and musician who wrote for the London Pall Mall Gazette and London Saturday Review, as well as for a number of French publications. Upon his death, The Musical Courier remarked that M. de Nevers had an amazing knowledge—in fact, he was an encyclopedia of operatic news, astonishing in its extent, and that he possessed an extensive acquaintance among the most important personages of Europe.
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