Drama Giocoso in Due Atti. Musica Di MOZART, Wolfgang Amadeus, [Composer]. Six multi-color woodcut prints by BALTHUS. Oversize hardcover in clamshell case. No markings, dents, names, etc.
Not from a smokers home. This is number 5 of 300. With numerous color woodcuts by Balthus. Also includes three compact discs containing Hans Rosbaud's opera in a pocket in the inside rear cover.Publisher's full peacock green silk. Front board with black leather label on, lettered in gilt.
Housed in the publisher's matching suede-lined silk clamshell with black leather label, lettered in gilt on spine. The costumes and sets for a production of Mozarts Cosi fanTutte mounted in July at the 31me Festival International de Musique in Aix-en-Provence. His decors captured the spirit of an opera that has been described as iridescent, like a glorious soap bubble, with the colors of buffoonery, parody and both genuine and simulated emotion.
La mia Dorabella Ho i crini già grigi. Capace non è: Ex cathedra parlo. Fedel quanto bella Ma tali litigi.
La mia Fiordiligi No, detto ci avete. Tradirmi non sa: Che infide esser ponno.
Uguale in lei credo Provar cel dovete. So begins Lorenzo da Pontes dramma giocoso, spinning ever so deftly its adventures for Mozarts Così fan tutte. In 1950 you could have found Balthus listening over and over and over again to his favorite opera by his favorite composer as he designs its sets and costumes for the directors of the Aix-en-Provence festival.For this book, Balthus sets in motion a quest for his 1950 watercolors; and for the original recording of the opera at Aix-en-Provence. From a villa in the hills above Marseilles to the depths of a Paris bank vault and finally to the famed Château de Chassy in Burgundy. Balthus selects the six most beautiful watercolors. From these Keiji Shinhara, a National Treasure of Japan, cut and printed the wood blocks for the prints in our book. From a 1957 recording by same conductor and cast who performed Balthus original Così fan tutte.
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