Lot 197
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Strauss, Richard

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  • Strauss, Richard
  • Elektra, tragödie, Berlin: Aldoph Fürstner, [1909], first edition, signed by Strauss ("DRichard Strauss") and by the singers during the first London production in March 1910
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signed in ink over the cast-list by Strauss (as conductor) and Willi Wirk (as stage manager), and in pencil by the singers Edyth Walker (Elektra), Frances Rose (Chrysothemis), Anna Bahr-Mildenburg (Klytemnestra) and Paul Bender (Orestes), the score marked up in pencil for the Second Maid (pp.210-214), 4to, colour cover by Lovis Corinth (1908), cloth-backed, modern slip-case, creasing to corner of covers.

Catalogue Note

The first London production of Elektra was promoted by the young Thomas Beecham who conducted the première on 19 February 1910.   However, the additional performances on 12 and 15 March were conducted by Strauss himself, for which he was paid £400 (see A. Jefferson The Operas of Richard Strauss in London 1910-1963, (1963), pp.22-24;  and J. Lucas, Thomas Beecham: An Obsession with Music (2008), pp.57-59).  This was the first opera by Strauss to be staged in Britain.