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Puccini: Madama Butterfly First Edition Score

Item# 10058134

Puccini: Madama Butterfly First Edition Score

G. Puccini: Madama Butterfly (da John L. Long e David Belasco) Tragedia Giapponese di L. Illica e G. Giacosa…Nuova Edizione Riduzione di Carlo Carignani. Piano Vocal score. Milano. G. Ricordi & co. PN 110000. 1925. First edition, later issue of the revised version which is the one now performed around the world.

A gorgeous Quarter linen and red patter boards binding. Hopkinson 6D (2).  An unusually fine copy of a score that is usually found in poor condition.

Puccini’s original version of Madama Butterfly premiered at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala in 1904. The composer was inspired to write an opera about a tragic love between a young Japanese geisha and an American Navy officer after seeing David Belasco’s play by the same name performed in London in June 1900. Puccini’s score includes many Japanese folk melodies, and is one of his most sweeping and sophisticated. It remains one of the world’s most popular operas.

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