MOZART, Wolfgang Amadeus, 1756-1791

Die Zauberflöte Aria: “Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen wünscht Papageno sich”. Faksimile und Klavierauszug. Nachwort von Silke Leopold. [Staatsbibliothek Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Berlin, Mus. ms. autogr. W.A. Mozart 620].

[Magic Flute, selection, K.620]

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Kassel, 2005. Oblong, 4°, 36 pp. 4-color halftone facsimile of the autograph score (fols. 157-160 of the opera), one of the best known arias in the history of music. Together with modern edition in vocal score format. The opera owes its success in no small part to the role of Papageno, a mixture of buffoon and harlequin, of mythical beast and child of nature, uniting many theatrical traditions: the wily servant and fool of the commedia dell’arte, Prince Tamino and his grudging servant, Papageno the Bird-Catcher, are the same pairing opposites as Don Giovanni and Leporello, etc. Schikaneder actually wrote the part of the Bird-Catcher to showcase his own talents. Mozart captures a humorous account of a performance of the work at the Freihaus-Theater in a letter to Constanze, dated 9 Oct. 1791: “During Papageno’s aria with the glockenspiel I went behind the stage, as I felt a sort of impulse today to play it myself. Well, just for fun, at the point where Schikaneder has a pause, I played an arpeggio. He was startled, looked into the wings and saw me. When he had his next pause, I played no arpeggio. This time he stopped and refused to go on. I guessed what he was thinking and again played a chord. He then struck the glockenspiel and said ‘Shut up’. Whereupon everyone laughed. I am inclined to think that this joke taught many of the audience for the first time that Papageno does not play the instrument himself.” Commentary in Ger-Eng-Jap. With attractive binding red linen. $32

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Mozart, Ein Mädchen