W. A. Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute): (Cambridge Opera Handbooks Series) / Edition 1

W. A. Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute): (Cambridge Opera Handbooks Series) / Edition 1

by Peter Branscombe
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521319161

ISBN-13: 9780521319164

Pub. Date: 05/31/1991

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Few operas have had more written about them than Die Zauberflöte, yet few are as often exposed to misguided comment—or to idiosyncratic productions. This book sets out to provide a straightforward account of Mozart's most beloved opera, exposing the half-truths and legends that have proliferated since its first production in 1791. The sources for the

Overview

Few operas have had more written about them than Die Zauberflöte, yet few are as often exposed to misguided comment—or to idiosyncratic productions. This book sets out to provide a straightforward account of Mozart's most beloved opera, exposing the half-truths and legends that have proliferated since its first production in 1791. The sources for the opera are discussed, and there are chapters devoted to composition of the work, the authorship and qualities of the libretto, the music (analyzed by Erik Smith), early productions and performance history, and the practical problems of directing a production (examined by Anthony Besch). The book contains illustrations, a synopsis, bibliography, and discography and will be of interest to music students, scholars and operagoers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521319164
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/31/1991
Series:
Cambridge Opera Handbooks Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
264
Sales rank:
941,181
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

1. The sources: introduction; 2. The intellectual background: freemasonry; 3. Synopsis; 4. The writing of Die Zauberflote; 5. The libretto; 6. The music Erik Smith; 7. Performance and reception; 8. A director's approach Anthony Besch; 9. Problems; Notes; Bibliography; Discography; Index.

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