Massenet, Jules (1842-1912)
Esclarmonde. [Vocal score] + Autograph Signed LetterG. Hartmann & Cie.: Paris, [c 1889]. Pl.n: G. H. et Cie. 1921. first edition of piano-vocal score. Small quarto. 306 pp. With original front wrapper bound in. Quarter-bound brown leather with brown pebbled buckram boards. Raised bands and gilt label and decoration at spine. Inscription page a bit browned at side (not affecting). ALS laid down opposite inscription in good condition. Light transfer to some music. A very good copy.
Inscribed on the first blank in the month of the opera's premiere by Massenet to his former pupil and fellow French composer Gustave Charpentier: à mon ami Gustave Charpentier | Souvenir bien affectueux | de son "Vieux Maître" | J. Massenet | mai /89.
Laid down opposite the inscription is a Massenet ALS which reads: Merci cher ami | Vous ne m'oubliez pas et j'en | suis tres touche!...| Je réponds aussi à | votre prière - ce matin. | Votre vieux ami | J. Massenet | 4 janv.
This first-edition piano-vocal score was likely published the same year as the opera's premiere (publication date assumed to be 1889 by Grove Dictionary and WorldCat). (When or if a full orchestral score was ever published is unclear; the Bibliothèque National owns two copies of full score proofs with autograph corrections but does not seem to own a published version of it.)