||Dramma lirico in tre atti
||Ferdinando Fontana, after Alfred de Musset, La
coupe et les lèvres
||First version: Teatro all Scala, Milan, 21
Second version: Teatro Communale,
Ferrara, 28 February 1892
|Edgar, Puccinis second opera,
was performed only a few times during the
composers lifetime and revived in honor of
the Anniversary of the composers death.
Puccinis revisions between the three
versions of the score led to such extensive
rewriting that, according to Hopkinson, the later
two versions could be considered almost distinct
operas from the first were it not for the same
plot. Despite Puccinis struggle with this
libretto, however, Edgar never achieved a
||Second version in three acts
||Italian piano and vocal score
||Opera Completa per Canto e
Pianoforte riduzione di Carlo Carignani [Nuova
||G. Ricordi & C.e
||This copy of the second version
is missing the title page. This is a lithograph
proof copy provided by Ricordi to Puccini for
purposes of the preparation of a third version.
Evidence for this conclusion is the typical,
apparently in- house, binding of the volume in
cardboard covers with paper label. The original
sewing was also very crude, another indication of
the copys makeshift character. The volume
contains extensive cuts and emendations in the
composers hand. Puccini added an orchestral
Preludio to act one for this second
version only to delete it again in this copy.
Puccini has also here crossed out the entire
banquet scene for Tigrana in act two, despite the
fact that the drinking song had been a popular
favorite with the audience.
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