MOZART, Wolfgang Amadeus, 1756-1791

Le nozze di Figaro, K. 492
Facsimile of the Autograph Score, Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin—Preussischer Kulturbesitz, Biblioteka Jagiellońska Kraków (Mus. ms. autogr. W.A. Mozart 492) . Introductory Essay by Norbert Miller; Musicological Introduction by Dexter Edge

[Marriage of Figaro, K.492]

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Mozart Operas in Facsimile, 3. Los Altos, 2007. Oblong, 4°, 3 vols, 744 pp. Full-color reproduction of the autograph score completed in the spring of 1786. Le nozze di Figaro is the first in the great triology of Italian operas that Mozart produced together with the librettist Lorenzo da Ponte. It is based on Beaumarchais' politically incendiary play Le mariage de Figaro, written in 1781 and first performed in 1784. Mozart's opera is held by many to be one of the greatest operas of all time, and is notable for its sublime yet profoundly human portrayal of love, jealousy, infidelity, and forgivness. Figaro has never fallen out of the operatic repertoire; in the 19th century it was perhaps second in popularity only to Don Giovanni among Mozart's Italian operas, and it is now one of the most frequently performed of all his operas. The discovery in the early 1990s of the original orchestral parts and the working score of the opera from its first production in Vienna in 1786 has shed much new light on the early history of the opera; these sources show that the opera underwent considerable revision in rehearsal and during the first run of performances; these revisions, not reflected in Mozart's autograph, are all documented in Dexter Edge's commentary. This facsimile edition reunites the first two acts preserved in the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin and the third and fourth acts in possession of the Biblioteka Jagiellońska in Krakow. Besides reproducing the composer's fair copy score, the edition provides all pertinent sketches and drafts, as well as passages from copyists mss that supplement the autograph and which reflect its current form. Bibliophile edition, in three volumes, bound in dark brown quarter leather with beige linen boards. $215
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