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The Magic Flute

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus; Schikaneder, Emanuel; Pizzigoni, Davide; McClatchy, J. D.; McClatchy, J.D.

Editore: Abbeville Press
ISBN 10: 0789206455 / ISBN 13: 9780789206459
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Titolo: The Magic Flute

Casa editrice: Abbeville Press

Legatura: Hardcover

Condizione libro: Very Good

Condizione sovraccoperta: Dust Jacket Included

autografato: Signed by Author(s)


0789206455 Crisp clean unread hardcover with light shelfwear to the dustjacket. Book comes in a nice decorative hardcover box with a remainder mark to one edge of the box. Comes with 2 cds of Toscanini conducting the Vienna Philharmonic(1937) in pockets on rear endpaper. Signed print by illustrator. NICE!. Codice inventario libreria Z0789206455Z2

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Riassunto: Originally commissioned by the Viennese music-hall impresario Emanuel Schikaneder, "The Magic Flute" has triumphed over its humble beginnings to become a widely-performed and well-loved opera in the international repertory. Over the centuries, Mozart's whimsy and symbolism has been interpreted by artists as varied as Karl Friedrich Schinkel, Marc Chagall and David Hockney, and in this work Davide Pizzigoni offers his interpretation. He translates Mozart's celebrated musical motifs into such visual motifs as quirky faces, extravagant shoes, and musical instruments. There is a translation of the Schikaneder/Mozart libretto by poet and librettist J.D. McClatchy. The accompanying CD features the 1937 recording of Arturo Toscanini conducting the Vienna Philharmonic.

Recensione: Mozart's "fairy-tale opera" is one of the most beloved works in the repertory. It is a favorite for children's first exposure to opera as it is an enchanting work jammed with melodies that are both noble and playful. The Magic Flute is also one of the most problematic works in the repertory, full of staging difficulties (the hero enters, pursued by a monstrous serpent, and promptly faints--not very heroic of him) and some elements that seem unpleasantly sexist and racist to today's sensibilities. And there's the perennial malcontent who's all too eager to point out that The Magic Flute is not really a grand opera in any case, but a mere singspiel, with spoken dialogue and coarse comedy, no better than an operetta. And what's with all the Masonic imagery?

The story certainly has problems, but the score--one of Mozart's last--overcomes them all as surely as the Three Ladies scrag the serpent and Sarastro and the forces of truth and reason overcome the wicked Queen of the Night. This music has it all, from the heroic notes of Sarastro and the priests to the humor of the bird catcher Papageno. Don't overlook the wonderful ensembles of the Drei Damen and Drei Knaben; Mozart blends trios of soprano voices in a way that's undiluted magic, and that no one even came close to imitating until more than two centuries later, when Richard Strauss took the master's lessons to heart.

You can examine for yourself just how Mozart achieved his effect with this full orchestral score from Dover. It's a reprint of another publisher's out-of-copyright score (C.F. Peters of Leipzig, in this particular case); also, there's not a word of English in it once you get past Dover's title pages and the translation of the table of contents that they've thoughtfully provided. What you will get is all of the instrumental parts (note that most pianists will be unable to do much with this score!), all of the vocal parts, and acres of uncut German dialogue. Dover scores are a reasonably priced resource for singers, instrumentalists, conductors, and anyone who cares deeply about the opera.

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