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This music festival presented choral and orchestral music, operas and ballets. Among the works presented in the 1935 season were Rameau's "Castor and Pollux"; Rossini's "Mose"; the ballet "Dafni e Chloe" starring Lorcia and Lifar, with choreography by Fokine and scenery by Bakst; Pizzetti's "Orseolo", Verdi's "Masked Ball" and his "Requiem" with Pinza, Caniglia and Stignani; Mozart's "Il Ratto dal Serraglio" and his "Requiem"; Rino Alessi's play "Savonarola, directed by Jacques Copeau, with incidental music by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco; Bellini's "Norma" and Gluck's "Alceste". Conductors included Vittorio Gui, Tullio Serafin, Bruno Walter and Fernando Previtale. The program notes and synopses are printed in both Italian and English.
Mario Castelnuovo- Tedesco [1895-1968], who became a well-known composer of film music, was considered one of the most significant Italian composers of his generation and was performed by such artists as Gieseking, Heifetz, Piatigorsky and Segovia. Although he was critical of Mussolini's regime, he knew how to take advantage of the opportunities it offered and he wrote the incidental music for "Savonarola" at Mussolini's request. He was a friend both of Carlo and Nello Rosselli, the regime's principal opponents [both assassinated in 1937], and of Alessandro Pavolino, who later became a fanatical fascist leader.
On the inside front cover of the book, the owner has penned an "Operatic Diary" listing 31 operas attended, with theatres, dates, composers and in some cases conductors.
Rare. Very good .
A collection of songs that had appeared in "Sing Out" magazine over the ten years prior to 1959. Good .
First American edition, translated from an Italian edition. Very good .
Pauline l'Allemand gave the first American performance of Delibes' opera "Lakme" at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia on November 17, 1886. This quotation from the opera, which was sung in English, was thus penned two days after the opening.
Born in Syracuse, NY, Pauline l'Allemand [1856-1944) made her debut as an operatic soprano in Stratton's "The Fairy Grotto" at Wieting Opera House in her home town. She subsequently studied singing in Dresden, Stuttgart and Paris. After successfully touring in Europe, she returned to America, performing "Lakme" in Philadelphia. After her attempt to create her own opera company failed, she retired to a farm in Black River Falls, Wisconsin with her grown son. They lived in extreme poverty and both were eventually pronounced insane and in 1920 were remanded to the Mendota State Hospital for the insane in Madison, Wisconsin. L'Allemand was memorialized in the cult classic "Wisconsin Death Trip" by Charles Van Schaick and Michael Lesy.
Rare. Very good .
Includes an essay entitled "The Police and the 'Golden Age of Saturn'" and playful biographies of Sting, Stewart Copeland, and Andy Summers. Good .
The first book in this series. Fair .
Originally published in 1944. Very good .
First edition. Very good .