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BIZET, George (1838-1875). Composer.
Fine Autograph Letter Signed to his librettist Louis Gallet, 1 page 8vo with Gallet's addition on the last leaf, n.p,, no date [? May 1872]. Concerning the proposed publication of excerpts from his opera Djamileh, and asking Gallet to supply a second verse to the reverie at the beginning, (drafted by Gallet on the second leaf of the letter).
Djamileh was first performed at the Opéra-Comique on 22 May 1872. Choudens published the work in 1872 in vocal score, and evidently then published excerpts (morceaux détachés). The reverie at the beginning has only one verse, and the text sketched by Gallet on the reverse of the present letter is in the same metre and can therefore reasonably be assumed to be the second strophe demanded by the composer.
'Choudon is going to publish the extracts of Djamileh. We are asking you for a second strophe for the reverie at the beginning - as soon as possible, yes?
Choudon finds (from the point of view of the extracts) the beginning of
Ghazel deplorable (I don't know why) the name Nour-Eddin displeases him - he would prefer
The young king of Lahore [
Le jeune roi de Lahore]
And noble like a god
Will you remove his Nour-Eddin?
I beg you to make the Second strophe soon. ...'

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