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Mozart And Die Zauberflöte Essay

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the Austrian wunderkind, was an accomplished and magnificently gifted musician. He is attributed with the composition of 22 operas in his 35-year life, but his most successful theatre work was his last. Die Zauberflöte, completed in 1791, was written specifically for the Theater auf der Wieden in Vienna. The theatre housed a troupe of actors led by Emmanuel Schikaneder, a versatile actor and writer who crafted the libretto of Zauberflöte and portrayed Papageno at its premiere. Zauberflöte was written in the singspiel operatic style; the libretto is in the vernacular – German – language, spoken dialogue is interspersed with recitative and aria, and there is a folk-like strophic style in the music. Schikaneder had known Mozart since 1780, but the two artists enjoyed a more meaningful relationship when Schikaneder became a member of the Viennese Masonic Lodge, to which Mozart already belonged. The libretto and score for Zauberflöte is replete with references and symbols from Freemasonry. Many scholars have asserted that the entire work is an allegory for the principles and ceremonies of the secret society. Regardless of this claim’s validity there is a deliberate tonal and structural language used in Zauberflöte, and the contributions of Schikaneder and Mozart leave much to be studied.

The overture in Eb major opens with three fully orchestrated chords. The number three appears throughout Mozart’s score, and this Masonic number’s application at the beginning of the opera, both in the chords and the three-flat key, is hardly coincidence. Twelve placid measures follow in what can be called ‘the calm before the storm’. The second violins open the Allegro by introducing a dynamic staccato fugal theme, which passes on to the first violins four bars later. The violas and cellos enter next, along with the bassoons, to play the theme in their low registers. The rest of the orchestra enters; the high woodwinds take the fugue theme while the lower instruments emphasize each downbeat with familiar chordal movement. The fugue enters the development section and twists through a variety of major and minor tonalities. Mozart delays the recapitulation by inserting three Adagio major chords repeated three times. Now the ‘magic number’ is made blatantly apparent. The second Allegro opens, in Bb this time, and the anticipation build as Mozart introduces dramatic dynamic contrast and contrapuntal texture. The overture ends in its original key, with three pronounced Eb major chords accentuating the triumphant conclusion.

The curtain rises on a rocky terrain with a frightened Prince Tamino crying for help (‘Zu Hilfe!). A terrible serpent is pursuing him, and the key of c minor emphasizes his fear. The orchestra lays the scene with descending scales and sudden dynamic changes until the Prince succumbs to his fright and passes out. Three handmaidens of the Queen of the Night slay the serpent and resurrect the...

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