Victoria Cantata … first performed at the inauguration of the Melbourne International Exhibition 1880. Léon CARON.
Victoria Cantata … first performed at the inauguration of the Melbourne International Exhibition 1880.

Victoria Cantata…
Victoria Cantata … first performed at the inauguration of the Melbourne International Exhibition 1880.

London & Melbourne: Novello Ewer & Co. [and] Allan & Co., 1880.

Tall octavo, some foxing, all advertisements present; in original lilac wrappers,

Prize-winner for the Melbourne International Exhibition

Surprisingly scarce: a 161 pp. musical score for Victoria, the prize cantata written by Caron for the opening of the Melbourne Exhibition Building in 1880.

Surprisingly scarce: a 161 pp. musical score for Victoria, the prize cantata written by Caron for the opening of the Melbourne Exhibition Building in 1880.

Léon Francis Victor Caron (1850-1905) escaped the Paris commune by moving to London before touring America. In 1876 he became the conductor of the Melbourne Opera House, and four years later won the 100 guineas prize offered for an original oratorio or cantata to mark the opening of the Melbourne International Exhibition. 'The cantata, Victoria, to a poor text by the prohibitionist poet, J. W. Meaden, was first performed under Caron's direction at the start of the exhibition, by a choir of 1000 voices and an orchestra of 125' (ADB).

Price (AUD): $450.00  other currencies Ref: #4111733

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