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Gounod, Charles (1818-1893)

Roméo Et Juliette. Vocal Score.

Choudens: 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.
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