GOUNOD Charles.

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GOUNOD Charles.

Autograph musical manuscript signed "Ch. Gounod",

Roméo et Juliette. Opera in five acts, 1866; a large volume in-fol. (ca. 35.5 x 28.5 cm.) of ca. 925 pages, bound in midnight blue half-chagrin (small accidents on spine) with cloth flaps.

Important complete orchestral score of this great masterpiece of French opera.

The manuscript is carefully notated in brown ink on bifeuillets of Lard-Esnault paper with 26 staves (these bifeuillets are numbered discontinuously).

It includes the following numbers: "Overture-Prologue, with invisible chorus", All° maëstoso: "Verona once had two rival families" .... (16 ff., I-VIII).


Act I.

No. 1: "Introduction", Andante maëstoso, [Fête chez les Capulets], chorus: "The hour flies"..., and Juliet's entrance: "Ah? how beautiful she is"... (46 ff., 1-23). -No. 1 bis. "Narrative", Moderato, Mercutio : "At last? the place is free, friend? (5 ff., 23 a-c). - N° 2. "Queen Mab. (Legendary Scherzo)", Allegro, Mercutio's aria: "Mab, the Queen of dreams"... (15 ff., 24-31). - No. 2 bis. "Moderato, Romeo : " Well, let the warning come to me from Mab or from another "..., (2 ff., 31 bis). - N° 3. "Scene and chorus", Allegro, Romeo: "Ah? see! This heavenly beauty"..., (6 ff., 32-34). -No. 3 bis. "Narratives",


Allegro, Juliet : " Let's see, nurse "... (6 ff., 34 a-c). - N° 3, "Mouvt de Valse animé"¸air de Juliette : " Ah? Je veux vivre "... (17 ff., [34c bis]-34k). - Two bifeuillets have been inserted: "(instead of the Waltz, in the first act of Romeo)", Allegretto scherzando, Juliet's aria: " Je veux vivre dans le rêve "... -N° 4. "Duetto", Moderato, Romeo : "Ange adorable"..., then Juliette : "Calmez vos craintes"... (32 ff,35-49). At the end, Gounod noted: " End of the 1st act. 196 pages".


Act II.

"Entr'acte and Chorus", Andante, at the end Romeo: "O night? under your dark wings"... (8 ff., 50-53 [bis]). - Romeo's "Cavatina": "Ah?

Larghetto (9 ff., 54-58). -N° 8. "Scene and chorus", "Juliet appears on the balcony, and leans against it with a melancholy air",

Adagio, Juliet : " Hélas ? moi le haïr ? "... (23 ff., 58v°-69). - N° 9.

"Duo", Andante, Juliet and Romeo: "O divine night? I implore you"... (23 ff., 70-81). At the end, Gounod noted: "Fin du 2me acte. 128 pages".


Act III.

1st Table. "The Cell of Brother Laurent". -N° 10. "Entr'acte et Scène ", Moderato, chorus : " In a pure sky that nothing alters " ...., then Brother Laurent : " In the morning light "... (16 ff., 82-89). - N° 10 bis. "Stories and Scene of the Marriage", All° agitato, Romeo: "My father, God bless you"..., then Brother Laurent and Juliette (11 ff., 89 a-e).

-Wedding scene (Trio and quartet)"¸Andante, Brother Laurent : " God who made man in your image "... (23 ff., 90-101).

2nd Table. No. 11 bis. "Story and Song", Allegretto then Moderato,

Stephano : " Since yesterday I have been searching in vain for my master "... (3ff., a-b).

- Song", Allegretto, Le Page [Stephano]: "What are you doing, white turtledove"... (10 ff., 102-106). - No. 13, " Final ", Allegretto, Stephano : " ah ? ah ? here are our people "..., then Roméo, Tybalt, Benvolio, Mercutio, Pâris, Gregorio, Capulet [the Duke]¸choir (45 ff., 107-128).


Act IV.

No. 14. 1st tableau. "(Juliet's room. It is still night)".

"Duet" Juliette-Romeo: "Nuit d'hyménée"..., Andantino (34 ff., 132- 148). -N° 15. "Quartet " Juliette-Capulet-Frère Laurent-Gertrude : " Juliette ! Ah? God be praised... Your husband is gone"..., Allegro .../...agitato (17 ff., 148 bis-155). - No. 16: "Scène", Juliette: "Mon père? tout m'accable"..., Allegro (17 ff., 156-164). - The "Scène du Breuvage", Andante, Juliette : "Dieu ? quel frisson court dans mes veines ?" has been inserted (7 bi-folds, pag. 1-27). N° 17. Second Table. "Wedding procession. Epithalam. Chorus and Dance". All° maëstoso (9 ff., 178-182). - N° 18. "Epithalam": "O Juliet? Rigorous law".... (6 ff., 183-185). - N° 19. "Chorus and Dance", Allegretto, "Strike the air, joyful songs"... (10 ff., 186-190). - No. 19 bis. "Final ", Andante moderato, Capulet : " My daughter? give in to the wishes of the fiancé who loves you "... (11 ff., 191-191d). Act V. N° 20. "Entr'acte", Moderato (4 ff., "These 2 sheets replace from sheet 192 to sheet 199"). - No. 20 bis. "Recitatives", Moderato, Brother Laurent: "Eh? well, my letter to Romeo?"... (2 ff., 199 bis). - N° 21. "Juliet's Sleep," Adagio (5 ff.¸ 200-202). -N° 22. "Scene," Allegro moderato, Romeo: "Is it here?... Hail, dark and silent tomb"... (39 ff., 203-223). The manuscript does not include the "Ballet" added in 1888 to Act IV for the Opera. But it does include several alternative or inserted pieces: the air replacing Juliette's waltz-arietta (

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