Past Images of the Month - March 2019

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Lithograph by Grégoire et Deneux after Nicolas-Eustache Maurin (1799-1850). Paris, c.1840. Louis Niedermeyer: Le Lac (Paris, [1821?]). Probable first edition of the song usually seen as the historic turning-point between the simple romance française and the mature romantic mélodie. The text is from Lamartine's Méditations Poétiques, published in March 1820. Niedermeyer: Le Lac. (7th edition, Paris, [c.1866]). Later editions of this drawing-room favourite carried attractive lithographed title-pages. This one is by Pierre Auguste Lamy (1827-1883). Benjamin Godard: Jocelyn, opéra en 4 actes. [Vocal score, 2nd edition, Paris, c.1890]. This dramatisation of Lamartine's epic poem (1836) was instigated by the great French tenor Victor Capoul (1839-1924), who collaborated on the libretto and sang the title-role in the work's Paris première in October 1888. Although not a lasting success, the score was praised for many attractive lyrical moments. In particular the 'Berceuse' from Act II remained a popular encore (for great string players as well as singers) until at least the inter-war period. Capoul recorded the Berceuse in 1905. (see end of main text) L'Univers Illustré,  Paris, 13 March 1869 from which the following three images are taken. The Château de Saint-Point, Lamartine's family home since 1802. The chalet in which Lamartine died. The house in the Bois de Boulogne had been given to by Paris Town Council. Lamartine's funeral in the Cemetery in Saint-Point.