Leipzig: C.F. Peters Bureau de Musique, [not before 1814]. Oblong folio. Half dark green paper with contemporary textured green cloth boards, lozenge-shaped leather label with titling gilt to upper. 1f. (illustrated title engraved by F.A. Brückner), 59, 2-77 pp. With text in German.
Binding somewhat worn, rubbed and bumped; remnants of early wrappers to gutters of first and last leaves. Occasional foxing; staining to last few leaves. Quite a good, crisp copy overall.
Hirsch IV, 189 (issue of 1808-09). RISM M4791.
Die Zauberflöte, Mozart's only work in the popular genre of "magic" opera, was first performed on September 30, 1791 in Vienna at the Theater auf der Wieden to a libretto by the theatre manager who commissioned the work and played the part of Papageno, Emanuel Schikaneder.
"Die Zauberflöte is distinguished from the bulk of contemporary Singspiels not merely by the quality of its music but also by the serious meanings that underlie what on the surface may seem childish pantomime or low comedy." The New Grove Vol. 12 p. 721. It became immensely successful, and numbers from it were issued individually shortly after the premiere. Item #25547
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