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Puccini: Madame Butterfly Vocal Score (1907)

Item# 10056305


Puccini: Madame Butterfly Vocal Score (1907)

Puccini: Madame Butterfly, Drame Lyrique en Trois Actes, Opera Complet, Chant et Piano. Ricordi, Milan (1907). 248pp. PN 11360. The second French edition, Hopkinson 6 D (a). P 28, 29.

The first edition to contain all of the music of the fourth and final revision of the opera. Original decorated boards (slight stain, some wear). A good copy.

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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