Libretto by Joseph Gregor for opera in 1 act, based on Greek mythology. Typescript, with extensive revisions black ink and pencil in hand of Richard Strauss at margins, along with autograph musical sketches intended for incorporation into opera notated near relevant portions of text. Includes alternate leaf with slight textual variants. Also includes typescript letter inserted into inner back cover of binder to Leonhard Fanto, stage designer of the Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden, dated 17 January 1938 discussing correspondence with Richard Strauss concerning the impending premiere of Daphne.
Holograph, signed, in black ink. Includes songs “An die Nacht,”“Säusle, liebe Myrthe,” “Ich wollt’ ein Sträusslein binden,” “Als mir dein Lied erklang,” and “Amor.” End of each song dated; score written between July 3 and Aug. 2, 1940. Includes autograph rehearsal numbers and other markings in blue crayon. Dedication in black ink inscribed by composer on green-patterned preliminary page: Dem treuen Freunde und Helfer Eugen Antosch von seinem dankbaren Dr. Richard Strauss. Garmisch 29 Juli 1949.
A musical quotation on top with inscription and signature, with date in the body. Signed and inscribed to the tenor Alfred Piccaver (“Meinem lieben, grossartigen Bacchus, Alfred Piccaver, in aufrichtigen Bewunderung dankbar ergeben Richard Strauss”), comprising three bars in D-flat major, from the climax of Bacchus’s scene with Ariadne at the end of the opera, notated on one hand drawn stave.At end: Wien, Weinachten 1929.
Holograph sketchbook for opera comprising drafts for first scene of first act written in condensed score in pencil, instrumentation undesignated, with German vocal text sometimes appearing above staves. Sketches contain occasional markings in black ink; caption title also written in black ink: Skizzen zum I. Akte der Frau ohne Schatten. Includes sections of libretto and a musical incipit in Strauss’ hand inscribed in pencil and black ink on preliminary page and on page following last page of score. Dedication in black ink inscribed by composer on front cover verso: Meinem lieben Freunde Richard Specht zur Erinnerung an Weihnachten 1915 in Garmisch. Dr. Richard Strauss.