Coote's Esmeralda quadrilles: from the grand ballet as performed at Her Majesty's TheatreAdditional title: Esmeralda quadrilles
NamesBrandard, John, 1812-1863 (Lithographer)Pugni, Cesare, 1802-1870 (Composer)Perrot, Jules, 1810-1892 (Choreographer)M. & N. Hanhart (Printers) (Printer)Chappell and Co. (Publisher)
Prints depicting dance
Theatrical dancers, singly or in pairs
Dates / OriginDate Issued: 1845 (Questionable)Place: LondonPublisher: Chappell
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZFX Bra J Esm 1
TopicsSaint-Léon, Arthur, 1821-1870Grisi, Carlotta, 1819-1899Esmeralda (Choreographic work : Perrot)
GenresPrintsSheet music coversScores
NotesStatement of responsibility: composed by Cesare Pugni ; [illustration signed on stone] J. Brandard.Caption title.Numbering: Pl. no. : 6894.Statement of responsibility: M & N Hanhart, Lith. Printers.Acquisition: Gift; Lillian Moore.Biographical/historical: Jules Perrot's ballet La Esmeralda (music, Cesare Pugni) was loosely based on Victor Hugo's novel Notre-Dame de Paris. First performed at Her Majesty's Theatre, London, in 1844, it featured Carlotta Grisi in the title role of the Gypsy girl Esmeralda, with Perrot himself as the poet Pierre Gringoire. This print depicts a moment from Act II, scene 2 of the ballet. Phoebus de Chateaupers (played by Arthur Saint-Léon) dances for his fiancée Fleur-de-Lys (Adelaide Frassi, depicted at left) and her companions in the gardens of her family's mansion. Esmeralda, holding her tambourine, has come to entertain the guests, accompanied by Pierre Gringoire (the shadowy figure behind Fleur-de-Lys); she too is in love with Phoebus, who had previously rescued her from the ballet's villain, Claude Frollo.Biographical/historical: This image by John Brandard appeared in several incarnations, among them a hand-colored souvenir print published ca. 1845, intended for purchase and display by admirers of the ballet. An uncolored version published as a music cover for Chas. W. Glover's Esmeralda quadrilles is described by George Chaffee (see reference above). As the online catalog of the Victoria & Albert Museum points out, this print is unusual in its focus on a male dancer rather than the ballerinas who dominated the Romantic ballet.
Physical DescriptionLithographsExtent: 1 print : lithograph, b&w ; 35 x 26 cm. + music score.
DescriptionSheet music cover illustration. At the center of a flower-bedecked pavilion, a man leaps in the ballet movement called a pas de poisson. In his left hand he holds a flower similar to that held by the woman at left. Other women and a second man encircle him, watching.
Type of ResourceStill image
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 825120743Publisher-assigned music number: 6894 : ChappellNYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19758950Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 3b745250-ead2-0133-5ab7-00505686a51c
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