Mozart's last opera, personally conducted 2 months before his death: the fully preserved original score of one of the most popular operas in music history

The Magic Flute K. 620

1791

The Magic Flute K. 620

The Magic Flute K. 620

— 1791

  1. The last opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791) features a libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder (1751–1812)

  2. It is a work of fantasy filled with symbols from Freemasonry – both Mozart and Schikander were Freemasons

  3. The original score of the work, which premiered on September 30th, 1791, is complete and well-preserved

The Magic Flute K. 620

Alternative Titles:
  • Die Zauberflöte
  • Il Flauto Magico
  • Zauberflöte K. 620
The Magic Flute K. 620  – Staatsbibliothek Preussischer Kulturbesitz (Berlin, Germany)
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Short Description

The Magic Flute is the last and most popular of the seven great operas by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The premiere, which occurred only two months before the composer’s death, was personally conducted by Mozart. It is a work of fantasy that serves as an allegory for the quest for knowledge, which is fully in the spirit of the Enlightenment.

The Magic Flute K. 620

Mozart’s seven great operas, his brilliant contribution to musical theater and world culture, are unequalled in their depth of human characterization and musical expression. Here we have the original score of one of the seven great operas by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791): Die Zauberflöte. It remains Mozart's most popular opera worldwide to this day. The libretto was written by Emanuel Schikaneder (1 September 1751 – 21 September 1812). Conducted by Mozart, the opera premiered on September 30th, 1791 in the Freihaustheater (which happened to be built by Schikaneder) just two months before the untimely death of the Austrian genius. The Freihaustheater auf der Wieden was a theatre in the suburbs of Vienna. It was a kind of people’s theatre with a corresponding repertoire and its attraction for the public was due not least to the use of spectacular stage effects. The concept ‘machine-comedy’ refers to the theatrical genre to which “The Magic Flute” owes its origins, and to which the work originally belonged. The opera is a work of fantasy presenting the typical story of a hero and a damsel in distress, but is actually an allegory for the quest for wisdom and enlightenment as presented through symbols of Freemasonry – both Mozart and Schikander were Freemasons. Thankfully, the original score is complete and well-preserved.

Codicology

Alternative Titles
Die Zauberflöte
Il Flauto Magico
Zauberflöte K. 620
Date
1791
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The Magic Flute K. 620
The Magic Flute K. 620  – Staatsbibliothek Preussischer Kulturbesitz (Berlin, Germany)
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The Magic Flute K. 620

1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size)
Publisher
Bärenreiter-Verlag – Kassel, 2006
Commentary
1 volume by Dietrich Berke, Ulrich Konrad, David Packard
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Reproduction of the entire original document as detailed as possible (scope, format, colors). The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.
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