Strauss, Richard. Der Rosenkavalier Komödie für Musik in drei Aufzügen von Hugo von Hofmannsthal. Musik von Richard Strauss. Preis M. 1. – netto. Verlag und Eigentum für alle Länder, Berlin, Paris Adolph Fürstner: Alle Rechte, auch die der Übersetzung vorbehalten. Copyright 1910 and 1911 by Adolph Fürstner. Publisher’s platemark: A. 5905 F. First edition. 18.5 cm x 12.5 cm. 150 pages. [i; v; 150; iv] Paper wrapper decorated with rose pattern. The wrapper has been repaired with the covers and spine mounted on heavier supporting paper to arrest the paper loss to the spine and covers, which appear to have been taped. This copy bears an ownership signature dated “März 1911,” on the half-title, the verso of which is blank. On the verso of the title page is the copyright notice in German, English and French. The verso of the dramatis personae (“personen”) is blank. Page one is unpaginated, with a headpiece, as are pages 54 and 100. The text of the libretto concludes on page 150, which is a half-page of text, followed by four pages of publisher’s advertisements, three pages of which are for the works of Richard Strauss and one page for the works of Richard Wagner “im Taschenformat (klein 8[v]o).”
Comparison to the copy held by the Morgan Library revealed numerous textual differences. Here are two of the differences: page 1, line 21, Quin-quin appears without the hyphen; and, page 2, line 15, has a dash after “Sehen vergeht —“.
Der Rosenkavalier was given its world premiere on January 26, 1911 in Dresden. At the composer’s insistence, Max Reinhardt was invited in to produce the opera, despite Georg Toller’s name being printed on the program instead of Reinhardt’s. The result of Reinhardt’s work was to launch a new style of opera.