Gounod, Charles (1818-1893)
Roméo et Juliette. Vocal scoreChoudens: Paris, 1867. first edition of piano-vocal score. Quarto. 303 pp. With decorative purple title page. Quarter-bound blue linen with red marbled boards. Spine, with gilt lyre and label, is a little rubbed. Faint water stain to bottom right corner of most pages, also affecting title page. A little foxing and transfer throughout music, but a good copy on the whole.
Inscribed on the dedication page: à mon ami Armand Gourian - Ch. Gounod.
This is a first edition of the piano-vocal score of this famous opera, arranged by H. Salomon. It was published in the same year of the opera's premiere and of the publication of the first-edition orchestral score. (It was also re-edited and reissued by an A. Bérel in a second edition of 1885.)
Roméo et Juliette premiered at Carvalho's Théâtre-Lyrique during the International Exposition of 1867 and quickly became, as it remains today, one of Gounod's most beloved works.SSC-06041$600