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Massé, Victor (1822-1884)

Paul Et Virginie. Vocal Score.

Theodore Michaelis: Paris, [c. 1876]. A First Edition of the piano-vocal score. Small quarto. 322 pp. Quarter-bound brown leather with brown buckram boards. Spine quite rubbed and boards a bit worn; front marbled end paper detached. Internally good with minor stains to inscription page.
Inscribed and signed on the first blank to the French tenor Victor Capoul: à mon ami Capoul | Victor Massé. This is a first-edition piano-vocal score published the same year as the opera's premiere (publication date as per WorldCat); it does not seem that a full orchestral score was ever published.

Capoul premiered the title role of Paul at the Opéra National Lyrique in 1876 and reprised it in 1878 for the opera's first performance at Covent Garden.

Paul et Virginie was among Massé's final works, composed just before he left his post at the Conservatoire to cope with a nerve disease that would eventually confine him to his home.
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