Originally commissioned by the Viennese music-hall impresario Emanuel Schikaneder, Mozart's Magic Flute has triumphed over these humble beginnings to become one of the most widely performed and best-loved operas in the international repertory. Over the centuries, Mozart's inspired whimsy and profoundly serious symbolism have been interpreted by artists as varied as Marc Chagall and David Hockney. Now, with elegant verve, Davide Pizzigoni translates Mozart's celebrated musical motifs into such charming visual motifs as quirky faces, extravagant shoes, and unexpected flowers. The new translation of the Schikaneder/Mozart libretto by poet and librettist J. D. McClatchy takes an equally fresh and amusing approach, as does his lighthearted but illuminating introduction. The inventive design of the book stages the opera on the page, giving each reader front-row seats at a dazzlingly original performance.
Other Details: 270 full-color illustrations 200 pages 9 7/8 x 9 7/8"
Author Biography: Davide Pizzigoni is a Milan-based artist and designer who has created sets and costumes for productions in Zurich and Vienna. J. D. McClatchy, who lives in New York and Stonington, Connecticut, is editor of the Yale Review and author of four collections of poems and four original opera libretti.
|Publisher:||Abbeville Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||11.10(w) x 14.00(h) x (d)|
About the Author
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) was a prolific and influential composer. Since its first performance in 1791, The Magic Flute has been a crowd pleasing opera and it remains one of the most celebrated in its genre.
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I found this book on a "remainders" shelf at the book store.Normally I'm not a huge fan of opera. However, in this case P. Craig Russell's fascinating comic book style illustrating of it just drew me in.Hoping to find other books in the series at some point.- Peter K.
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