The magic flute

by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Paperback, 1980




London : New York : Calder ; Riverrun, 1980.

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LibraryThing member tripleblessings
A guide to the opera "The Magic Flute" by Mozart, this slim book includes historical background and biographical information about the composer, synopsis of the plot, 3 essays on the opera, a thematic guide, the complete libretto text, and a discography and bibliography. Very useful reference for fans of the opera, or first-time opera goers.… (more)
LibraryThing member the.ken.petersen
Opera can come across as an elitist musical form. Performances are expensive to attend and one is expected to dress and behave in a certain fashion. I find this sad. Mozart did not write Die Zauberflote as an excluding, but as an educational opera. This little book helps to de-mystify the work. It does not patronise, it explains in a way that even an operatic novice, such as myself, can simply comprehend.

In just 128 pages, this book manages to include a synopsis, a history of performances and a libretto. This is such an aid to the understanding of Mozart's last opera that I cannot begin to express my gratitude. This is a book to read, re-read and have to hand every time that one places the disc on to the record deck, or CD player - and let's be honest, that should be frequently!

The back cover of my copy of this book shows that 39 other operas have been given this wonderful treatment: I shall add as many as I am able to my collection!
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