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402355
  • Title
    Isaac Nathan - Bound manuscript vocal score of his opera 'Don John of Austria', ca.1846
  • Creator
  • Call number
    MLMSS 3519
  • Level of description
    fonds
  • Date

    ca.1846
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
    402355
  • Issue Copy
    Digitised
  • Physical Description
    1 box - 0.05 Meters
    Music - (bound manuscript score)
  • ADMINISTRATIVE/ BIOGRAPHICAL HISTORY

    The opera 'Don John of Austria' by Isaac Nathan was first produced under the composer's direction at Sydney's Royal Victoria Theatre on 3 May 1847, where it enjoyed a successful run of six performances. It is generally considered to be the first opera composed and produced in Australia.
  • Scope and Content
    The opera is in three acts and is here scored for 5 solo voices, chorus (SSATBB) and piano. This manuscript is a fair copy and is the only known source of the complete work. It was copied by a single hand, except for some alterations and additions (some in ink and others in pencil) by at least two additional hands, one of which was possibly the composer himself. There are indications that the manuscript was used extensively. The manuscript may have been prepared for Isaac Nathan's use as conductor, or possibly, for the projected printed edition of the complete vocal score, of which the Overture and four songs are known to have been published. The pencilled signature of Temple Nathan appears on the first page.
    The libretto is by Jacob Levi Montefiore (1819-1885), based on Casimir Delavigne's 'Don Juan d'Autriche'.
  • Source
    Presented by Mr Venour Nathan in 1939
  • Copying Conditions
    Out of copyright: Work performed during lifetime of creator; copyright expired in 1914 (life of creator plus 50 years)
    Please acknowledge: : Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
  • General note

    Copied onto preservation microfilm (CY 1957), Aug. 1990. Isaac Nathan's publication, 'The Southern Euphrosyne and Australian Miscellany' (Lond., 1849), is included on the same microfilm reel (frames 144-240).
    Microfilm - CY 1957, frames 1 - 143 (MLMSS 3519)
    Digital order no:Album ID : 1017298
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