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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Dover Pubns
Publication date January 1, 1985
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780486247830
ISBN-10 048624783X
Dimensions 0.75 by 9 by 12.25 in.
Weight 1.45 lbs.
Original list price $19.95
Summaries and Reviews
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"…it is the evident quiet approbation which best pleases me! It is apparent that this opera is rising rapidly and steadily in estimation." — Mozart, letter to his wife, October 7-8, 1791.
Unfortunately, his tragic death a scant two months later prevented Mozart from ever realizing the full accuracy of this observation, made a few performances after the cool reception given The Magic Flute at its Viennese premiere.
In May 1791, Mozart's friend Emanuel Schikaneder commissioned The Magic Flute. In keeping with the popular level of this theater, Schikaneder himself supplied Mozart with the libretto about the rescue of a good fairy's daughter from a wicked magician by a hero armed with a magic flute. After a good deal of the music was written, the composer and librettist — both Freemasons — grafted Masonic ideals onto the plot, transforming a simple fairy tale into a moralistic allegory and a Singspiel into one of the world's greatest operas.
This handsome, moderately priced volume, reprinted directly form an authoritative edition, will enable musicians, music students, and opera lovers to gain a fuller appreciation of Mozart's mastery of operatic language, orchestral color, and dramatic expression. A helpful feature of this edition is the inclusion of all spoken dialog, usually abbreviated in other editions.




Editions
Hardcover
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With J. D. McClatchy (other contributor) | Box edition from Abbeville Pr (September 1, 2000)
9780789206831 | details & prices | 11.00 × 11.00 × 1.75 in. | 4.50 lbs | List price $195.00
With Davide Pizzigoni, J. D. McClatchy, Emanuel Schikaneder | Har/com edition from Abbeville Pr (September 1, 2000)
9780789206459 | details & prices | 200 pages | 10.00 × 10.00 × 1.25 in. | 2.80 lbs | List price $75.00
About: Presents an illustrated version, in German and English, of the libretto of the Mozart opera, in which the noble Prince Tamino seeks the fair Pamina against a backdrop of the battle between darkness and light.
With David Foil | Har/com edition from Black Dog & Leventhal Pub (January 9, 1996); titled "Magic Flute"
9781884822827 | details & prices | 6.50 × 7.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.85 lbs | List price $19.95
About: The Black Dog Opera Library is the most popular, informative, and budget-friendly way to enjoy the greatest operas of all time.
Paperback
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from Eclipse Books (November 1, 1990); titled "Magic Flute"
9780685409824 | details & prices | List price $4.95
About: The Black Dog Opera Library is the most popular, informative, and budget-friendly way to enjoy the greatest operas of all time.
from Beekman Books Inc (June 1, 1990); titled "Magic Flute"
9780846428480 | details & prices | List price $9.95
About: The Black Dog Opera Library is the most popular, informative, and budget-friendly way to enjoy the greatest operas of all time.
from Warner Bros Pubns (March 1, 1985)
9780757904356 | details & prices | 24 pages | List price $6.99
The price comparison is for this edition
from Dover Pubns (January 1, 1985)
9780486247830 | details & prices | 9.00 × 12.25 × 0.75 in. | 1.45 lbs | List price $19.95
About: "…it is the evident quiet approbation which best pleases me!

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