From Idomeneo to Die Zauberflote: A Conductor's Commentary on the Operas of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

From Idomeneo to Die Zauberflote: A Conductor's Commentary on the Operas of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

by Sir Charles Mackerras (Foreword by)


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This is the first book by an experienced conductor to explore the orchestra’s contribution to Mozart’s greatest operatic works: IdomeneoDie Entführung aus dem SerailDie SchauspieldirektorLe nozze di FigaroDon GiovanniCosì fan tutteLa clemenza di Tito, and Die Zauberflöte. It is written for the concert and opera going public who are interested in enlarging their knowledge and appreciation of these masterpieces, but also contains many practical suggestions for aspiring conductors.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781903900123
Publisher: Sussex Academic Press
Publication date: 07/28/2002
Pages: 205
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Myer Fredman studied at Dartington Hall and in London with Peter Gellhorn, Vilem Tausky, Sir Adrian Boult, and was Assistant conductor to Otto Klemperer, Sir John Pritchard and Sir Charles Mackerras. Among his many international musical engagements he was: Conductor at the Glyndebourne Festival, 1963–74; Initial Musical Director of Glyndebourne Touring Opera, 1968–74; Musical Director, State Opera of South Australia, 1974–80; Conductor and Artistic Associate with The Australian Opera, 1983–98. The Italian Government awarded Maestro Fredman a medal “Per Servizio della Musica e Cultura Italiana”. He has conducted premiere recordings of symphonies by Arnold Bax and Havergal Brian with the LPO as well as CDs of music by Britten and Delius.

Table of Contents

Foreword Sir Charles Mackerras vii

Preface ix

Part I Mozart's Evolving Craft & Style

Mozart's baroque inheritance 3

The baroque conception of tempo 3

Time signatures 4

The conductor and the continuo 5

The baroque orchestra 6

The modern orchestra and the baroque style 7

Articulation 7

Secco recitative 8

The appoggiatura 8

Dynamics 9

Vocal cadenzas and embellishments 9

Stage directions 10

Choice of keys 10

Compositional methods 13

The clarinet family 14

Mozart's legacy 15

Practical suggestions for conductors 17

Part II The Orchestra's Contribution

Idomeneo, Re di Creta K. 366 21

Opera seria in three acts première 1781

Die Fntführung aus dan Serail K. 384 44

Comic singspiel in three acts première 1782

Der Schauspieldirehor K. 486 64

Comedy with music, in one act première 1786

Le nozze di Figaro K. 492 67

Dramma Giocoso in four acts première 1786

Don Giovanni K. 527 95

Dramma Giocoso in two acts Première 1787

Così fan tutte K. 588 122

Dramma Giocoso in two acts première 1790

La clemenza di Tito K. 621 147

Opera seria in two acts première 1791

Die Zauherflöte K. 620 159

Opera in two acts première 1791

Sources of Quotations 185

Bibliography 189

Index 190

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