STRAUSS, Richard, 1864-1949

Der Rosenkavalier. Schluss-Szene. Faksimile nach dem Autograph in der Österreichischen Nationalbibliothek. Zur Erinnerung an Richard Strauss anläßlich der Feier seines 100. Geburtstages 11. Juni 1964.

[Rosenkavalier, final scene]

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Vienna, 1964. 30 x 40 cm, iv, 30, 6 pp. Beautiful 2-color halftone of pages 143-72 of the autograph fair copy. This impressive full score—reproduced in the original 2° format—shows the composer’s wonderfully light and flowing handwriting and incredibly meticulous organization. Considered the greatest comic opera to come out of the German sphere since Mozart and the most popular of Strauss’ operas, this facsimile is a fitting tribute for the 100th anniversity of the composer’s birth and an appropriate gift for any Strauss lover. With the closing scene comes the climax of the opera: in a beautiful trio the Marschallin finally renounces her late lover Octavian, and bestows him, sadly but graciously, on her young and beautiful rival Sophie. The final love duet is interupted briefly by Faninal’s fatherly comment: “It is a dream... it can hardly be true... but it will last forever”. Preface by Josef Stummvoll; afterword in Eng-Ger by Leopold Nowak. Limited edition of 1000 copies. Hardbound with beautiful boards in vegetable vellum (few copies remaining of this now OP edition). $165 

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