Title: Don Giovanni. Vocal score. German & Italian....
Publisher: Breitkopf & Härtel, Leipzig
Publication Date: 1818
Book Condition: Very Good
Oblong folio (330 x 240mm). 184 pages. Complete vocal score. Notated music. Added engraved title page: Il dissoluto punito; osia, Il Don Giovanni. Dramma giocoso in due Atti posto in Musica da Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Ridotto per il Pianoforte da A.E. Müller with vignette of Don Giovanni scene by Fr. Bolt after Kininger, Pr. 4 Rthlr. Italian-German text. Richly bound in crushed green morocco handsomely gilt with device of lyre and central lozenge on front and rear covers, spine done in the same and lettered in gilt "Don Juan – Mozart," speckled edges; (toned and only lightly foxed, few pages margins lightly torn or with paper repairs, not frequent, good with all with engraved music otherwise). 1818 Leipzig printing for the vocal score of Mozart’s famous opera ‘Don Giovanni’. Italian librettos were translated into German owing to the growing popularity of opera in Germany during the last decade of the 18th century; contemporary to Mozart’s death in 1791. Mozart immediately accepted at least the title under which on of his works would become known in the German-speaking countries: writing home on 3 October 1790, he reported, "on Tuesday the theatrical company of the elector of Mainz are performing my Don Juan." German communities variously received Mozart’s operas; the battle between the aristocratic and bourgeois audiences raged to and fro. When Don Juan played for the first time in the Frankfurt theater it was deemed suitable "for the general public" but not for its "educated section." Yet the critics could all concede of Mozart’s popularity and that the subject matter turned the heads of the public. This fine, well-preserved dual text is an early and complete keyboard transcription of the opera. It gives Lorenzo da Ponte's original Italian, with the German translation by Schröder underneath. Excellent piece of music history and staple of the standard operatic repertoire. Bookseller Inventory # D7301
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