Esmeralda images on 19th-century music covers
Prints depicting dance
Ballet or dance scenes from theatrical works, with or without people in them
Dates / OriginDate Issued: 1830 - 1859 (Questionable)
Table of ContentsLa Esmeralda valse, par Bosisio [published in London as part of the series Musical bouquet] -- La bohémienne de Paris. Grande valse brillante pour le piano composée par Camille Schubert; Mayence, chez les fils de B. Schott -- Original Esmeralda as taught by M. St. Ody; Buffalo, J. Sage & Sons, 1856.
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZFA-19 Esm 1-3
TopicsEsmeralda (Fictitious character)Hugo, Victor, 1802-1885Esmeralda (Choreographic work : Perrot)
GenresPrintsSheet music covers
NotesAcquisition: Gift; Lillian Moore.Biographical/historical: Esmeralda, a beautiful and good-hearted gypsy girl, was created by Victor Hugo as the charismatic central figure of his 1831 novel Notre-Dame de Paris, also called The hunchback of Notre Dame. She attracts the love or lust of several of the male characters, among them the hunchback Quasimodo, the sinister archdeacon Claude Frollo, the poet Pierre Gringoire, and the soldier Phoebus de Chateaupers. In 1836 Hugo wrote the libretto for Louise Bertin's opera La Esmeralda, presented at the Académie Royale de Musique in Paris, but it was not a success. Jules Perrot's ballet adaptation, also titled La Esmeralda, was staged at Her Majesty's Theatre in London in 1844. It gave the story a happy ending, and perhaps not coincidentally enjoyed much greater longevity.
Physical DescriptionLithographsChromolithographsWood engravingsExtent: 1 print : lithograph, b&w ; image 15 x12 cm.Extent: 1 print : chromolithograph ; 31 x 23 cm.Extent: 1 print : wood engraving?, b&w ; 34 x 25 cm.
DescriptionMusic covers depicting the image of the gypsy girl Esmeralda dancing with her pet goat Djali. Although her costume varies, she strikes a similar pose in each image, with her right leg crossed over her left as she holds her tambourine high. Djali dances on its hind legs to her right, responsive to her movement.
Type of ResourceStill image
IdentifiersNYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19376906Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 43fbf490-882a-0130-6b87-58d385a7bbd0
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