Die Jahreszeiten nach Thomson. In Musik gesetzt von I. Haydn. Joseph Haydn, James Thomson, Gottfried Swieten, Freiherr van.
Scarce, early edition of the libretto of Haydn's Die Jahreszeiten

Die Jahreszeiten nach Thomson. In Musik gesetzt von I. Haydn.

München: Gedruckt bey Franz Seraph Hübschmann, 1802. Bond together by a blue paper band, as published. 31, (1) p. Wormhole to the first leaves at the inner margin with no effect on the text. Foxing that effects the first and the last leaves more intensely. Very slightly chipped. Overall in fine condition.

A very early edition of the libretto of Haydn’s oratorio Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons) which was premiered in Vienna in 1801.

The libretto was prepared by Baron Gottfried van Swieten who was also responsible for the text of The Creation, and it is based on passages taken from the long English poem under the same title by James Thomson. The composition had a dual premier, both held in Vienna, first in April 1801, exclusively for the aristocracy whose members had financed the work, and in about a month for the broader public.

The libretto was published with no credit for the translator first in Vienna in 1801, while the music score in Leipzig by Breitkopf & Härtel in 1802. This, Munich edition of the libretto possibly accompanied the oratorio’s premiere in the city.

Scarce, we could trace only one copy of this edition in institutional holdings, in Austria.

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Price: €500.00

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