The Authentic Magic Flute Libretto: Mozart's Autograph or by Michael Freyhan

By Michael Freyhan

Presently after Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's demise, his widow Constanze despatched a manuscript reproduction of 1 of his such a lot loved operas, Die Zauberflöte, to the court docket of the Elector of Cologne. It was once finally released by means of Nicolaus Simrock in 1814 because the first full-score variation. besides the fact that, the query nonetheless is still as to why this early replica in her ownership diverges from Mozart's autograph in such a lot of libretto information. The genuine Magic Flute Libretto: Mozart's Autograph or the 1st Full-Score Edition? investigates the foundation and declare to authenticity of the 1st full-score version of Die Zauberflöte, drawing realization to the shut bond among phrases and tune. Michael Freyhan brings the subtlety of the 1st variation notice surroundings to the eye of students, musicians, and opera-lovers, commencing the facts for its authenticity and detailing the hunt, pursued in 15 nations, for the earliest attainable ancient sources.

Freyhan examines the variations among the 1st variation and the autograph, discussing the standard of the word-setting―supported by means of 32 musical examples―and comparing the connection of the 2 texts when it comes to language and literature. the next chapters speak about the early heritage of the autograph, targeting 4 alleged proprietors, its industry price, and the deceptive catalogue numbering structures obvious at the first web page. info of the functionality and book background of the 1st variation textual content are via a brand new point of view at the disputed authorship of the libretto, in mild of the potential lifestyles of 2 actual texts. A concluding bankruptcy discusses Mozart's sketches and dealing equipment, whereas an appendix strains the nature and profession of Karl Ludwig Giesecke, one of many writers who claimed possession of the opera's libretto. The booklet additionally contains numerous pictures and the entire first version libretto, in German and with literal English translation, delivering a side-by-side textual content comparability with the autograph textual content.

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Haibel is misleadingly described by the authors as Mozart’s brother-in-law. Sixteen years after the letter was written, he did indeed marry Constanze’s sister Sophie. However, his connection with The Magic Flute at the time of the letter was not Mozart, but Schikaneder, in whose theatre troupe he was employed as actor, singer, and composer. One infers from this letter, written just five days after Mozart’s death and presumably on Schikaneder’s authority, that the music of the opera cannot be made available because it has become the property of the deceased’s estate.

Meine Tochter nimmermehr (so you are, No! my daughter nevermore) In No. 16 the Three Boys come to return the magic flute and bells to Tamino and Papageno. They promise on their next meeting the reward of “Freiheit” (freedom) in the first edition or “Freude” (joy) in the autograph. The use of the word “Freude” has already been discussed in the context of vocabulary. ” No. 17 Aria (example 11) drew attention to the musical response to the phrase “Wonnestunden hoher Freuden” in the first edition. From the literary viewpoint the accusation of tautology could once again be made, since “Wonne” (rapture) and “hoher Freuden” (of sublime joy) mean almost the same thing.

The first edition is fresh, direct, even raw, and alive with imagery; the autograph tidier, more dignified, and a little remote. But in the operatic context the stylistic shortcomings, if such they are, of the first edition are of little consequence, for the powerful magnetism of the music predominates over the refinements of language. It could be argued that simplistic words are often better suited to musical setting, especially if they are rich in emotive vocabulary. Schubert’s inspiration responded as much to the poetry of Wilhelm Müller, author of “Die schöne Müllerin” and “Die Winterreise,” as to the more sophisticated literary style of Goethe and Heine.

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