The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflote) in Full Score (Dover Music Scores)

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Mozart's "fairy-tale opera" is one of the most beloved works in the repertory. It is a favorite for children's first exposure to opera as it is an enchanting work jammed with melodies that are both noble and playful. The Magic Flute is also one of the most problematic works in the repertory, full of staging difficulties (the hero enters, pursued by a monstrous serpent, and promptly faints–not very heroic of him) and some elements that seem unpleasantly sexist and racist to today's sensibilities. And there's the perennial malcontent who's all too eager to point out that The Magic Flute is not really a grand opera in any case, but a mere singspiel, with spoken dialogue and coarse comedy, no better than an operetta. And what's with all the Masonic imagery?

The story certainly has problems, but the score–one of Mozart's last–overcomes them all as surely as the Three Ladies scrag the serpent and Sarastro and the forces of truth and reason overcome the wicked Queen of the Night. This music has it all, from the heroic notes of Sarastro and the priests to the humor of the bird catcher Papageno. Don't overlook the wonderful ensembles of the Drei Damen and Drei Knaben; Mozart blends trios of soprano voices in a way that's undiluted magic, and that no one even came close to imitating until more than two centuries later, when Richard Strauss took the master's lessons to heart.

You can examine for yourself just how Mozart achieved his effect with this full orchestral score from Dover. It's a reprint of another publisher's out-of-copyright score (C.F. Peters of Leipzig, in this particular case); also, there's not a word of English in it once you get past Dover's title pages and the translation of the table of contents that they've thoughtfully provided. What you will get is all of the instrumental parts (note that most pianists will be unable to do much with this score!), all of the vocal parts, and acres of uncut German dialogue. Dover scores are a reasonably priced resource for singers, instrumentalists, conductors, and anyone who cares deeply about the opera.

Product Details

  • Series: Dover Music Scores
  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (January 1, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 048624783X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486247830
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.5 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds

Customer Reviews

Can’t go wrong and artwork is exceptional

One person found this helpful.
 on December 30, 2015
By Randall G. Rich
These are worth the price just for the beautiful sketches and the music for the Piano is quite good. I own the entire series and I am very happy with my purchase.


 on November 2, 2015
By Scribbler

Five Stars

 on February 10, 2017
By William G. Ludtke
Thank you

My children (under 9) and I really enjoy listening to the 2

 on December 7, 2014
By M. F.
The book includes the lyrics but also the story of the “making”.

The best of Mozart

 on December 26, 2014
By carlos oliveira
This is definitely the best opera by Mozart. This edition is well organized and gives you all music and dialogs.

Five Stars

 on August 5, 2015
By Michael J. Hinton
Beautifully illustrated and narrated.

Five Stars

 on April 18, 2015
By head
Dover scores are great and this one is no exception.

Just what I needed for class!

 on February 25, 2014
By Angelina Marie
This score is very accurate. The binding seems to be very good and the pages are all easy to read.

Five Stars

 on February 14, 2015
By Chris Cage
Love It. Very happy!!

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