Leipzig: Breitkopf und Härtel [without PN], . Large oblong quarto. Contemporary patterned paper boards with decorative cut-paper label to upper with contemporary calligraphic titling and decoration. [i] (title), [i] (cast list), 154 pp. Typeset. Text in German.
Binding somewhat worn and rubbed. Uniformly browned throughout; occasional light creasing; several leaves with minor marks in pencil or blue crayon.
Second edition. Scarce. Köchel p. 384. Hoboken, Vol. 11, 142. Hirsch, Vol. IV, 48. RISM M4248.
A Singspiel in three acts, first performed in Vienna at the Burgtheater on July 16, 1782 to a libretto by Christoph Friedrich Bretzner (Belmont und Constanze, oder Die Entführung aus dem Serail), adapted and enlarged by Gottlieb Stephanie the Younger.
"[Mozart's] prodigality of invention... is... a cause of the opera’s enduring fascination. Even as it endangers the dramatic whole, the music, paradoxically through its creation for a specific group of remarkable singers, turns the actors in this serious comedy into humans a little larger than life but of universal appeal." Julian Rushton in Grove Music Online.
The arranger, August Eberhard Müller (1767-1817), served as Thomaskantor in Leipzig from 1801 until 1810, and as court Kapellmeister in Weimar thereafter.
An attractive early edition. Item #25761
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