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Paroles de Villon.
POUND, Ezra.
Paroles de Villon.

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Published: Paris n.p., 1926

Stock Code: 113618

£375

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First and only edition, rare: no copies located by either Copac or OCLC. "Ezra Pound's principal musical composition ['Le Testament de Villon'], a one-act opera (referred to also as ‘Villon' and ‘The Testament of François Villon') was written in Paris during 1920, 1921, and 1922. The libretto is taken from poems of Villon, with ballades and rondeaux providing material for the arias, sung in the original French. Brief spoken passages in English, partly translated from Villon, partly written by Pound, provide continuity... A concert (commonly referred to as the ‘premiere' of the opera), entitled ‘Paroles de Villon: Airs and Fragments from an Opera Le Testament,' was given at the Salle Pleyel, Paris, 29 June 1926 by Yves Tinayre, tenor, Robert Maitland, bass, Olga Rudge, violin, and Paul Tinayre, horn... The French text of the selections included in the programme was printed as a stapled pamphlet" (Gallup). A highly elusive and ephemeral survival from a momentous week in the history of modern music: ten days before the premiere of Pound's opera, Georges Antheil's Ballet mécanique opened in a "riotous presentation... [and] a riot almost ensued" (J. J. Wilhelm, Ezra Pound: The Tragic Years 1925-1972, 1994, p. 17).
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Description

Tall octavo, pp. 7, stapled as issued.

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Light paper toning, one leaf frayed at fore-edge otherwise in excellent condition.

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