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The Marriage of Figaro K. 492

Opera buffa in four acts

By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

5 soprano voice solos, 2 tenor voice solos, 4 bass voice solos, mixed choir, piano (5Soprano Voice Solo, 2 Tenor Voice Solo, 4Bass Voice Solo, Mixed choir, 2 Fl, 2 Ob, 2 clarinet, 2 bassoon, 2 Hn, 2 Trp, timpani, Str, Continuo)
Opera buffa in four acts. Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791). Edited by Ludwig Finscher. This edition: urtext edition. Paperback. Barenreiter Urtext. Vocal Score. K. 492. Duration 3 hours. Baerenreiter Verlag #BA04565-90. Published by Baerenreiter Verlag (BA.BA04565-90).

Item Number: BA.BA04565-90

ISBN 9790006450794. 27 x 19 cm inches. Text Language: Italian, German. Preface: Leisinger, Ulrich / Honolka, Kurt. Lorenzo Da Ponte.

Premiered at the Vienna Hoftheater on 1 May 1786, Wolfang Amadeus Mozart's and Lorenzo Da Ponte's Le nozze di Figaro may be safely regarded as one of the greatest operatic successes of all times. Yet its success was not entirely due to Mozart's music: on the contrary, because of the extraordinary demands it placed on the orchestra (especially the woodwinds), the music even posed an obstacle to the work's spread outside the German-speaking countries. At least equally responsible for the opera's success was the librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte, who managed to transform a topical and socio-critical stage play into an opera libretto as effective as it is amusing.

This vocal score is based on Ludwig Finscher's 1973 edition of 'Le nozze di Figaro' published in the 'New Mozart Edition' and the critical commentary by Ulrich Leisinger published in 2007.

Many of the sources for Mozart's first opera from the Lorenzo Da Ponte trilogy only became available to scholars again after the 'New Mozart Edition volume was published. These include the autograph scores of acts 3 and 4, now held at the Biblioteka Jagiello ka in Krakow, significant portions of the original sets of parts and acts 2 to 4 of the conductor's copy from the first performance of 1786.

These original sources, now available again, offer compelling solutions to several previously unresolved questions.

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  • April 12, 2009 Great Opera...Difficult Score

    Le Nozze Di Figaro, of course being one of the most beloved and renowned work of music arts, is a charming opera demanding great technical performance ability. This score is amazing as a study score for anyone who speaks Italian or German. I am fairly comfortable with both languages so...

    it wan't a problem, however it is difficult to conduct from. If you are a conductor like myself, consider buying a "cheapo" score like one from Schirmer.

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