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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; 1 edition (Sept. 1 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486237516
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486237510
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 2.3 x 30.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
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Nobody could make voices and instruments work so perfectly together as Mozart, and it's fascinating to read through a full orchestral score to see how he did it. Like all of Dover's scores, this one is a reprint of another publishing house's work. This particular house, C.F. Peters of Leipzig, gives the text in the original Italian -- and in a German translation from 1941 that's still sung in Germany and Austria today.

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Now available for the first time in a sturdily produced, reasonably priced paperbound edition is the complete orchestral score of Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro, " widely considered the greatest comic opera ever written. Based on the second play of a trilogy by Beaumarchais (the first was "The Barber of Seville"), Figaro elevates the time-honored "opera buffa" of Italian tradition to new heights, transfiguring persons and scenes with glorious melodies and superb dramatic characterizations.
This edition, based on Mozart's autograph manuscript and early German translations of the libretto, embodies both the original Italian libretto of Lorenzo Da Ponte and a new corrected version of the German text. It is totally complete and contains all passages, including some that are missing from other editions and often cut in performances. In addition, the Editor's Commentary includes a complete review of all dubious passages and text problems.
This full orchestral score is an indispensable aid for study and for anyone listening to recordings or live performances. In no other manner can the listener or student keep full awareness of the many elements that make up this opera.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9ad9e984) out of 5 stars 11 reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9adca450) out of 5 stars Clear music, poor words June 13 2008
By T. J. Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Full score is clear and reasonably accurate and easy to read. Words for vocal parts don't always line up clearly, and the choice to place German on top, with Italian below and italicized was a poor one. Reading the original language musically is thus a challenge, and non-German or Italian speakers won't have a meaningful translation close at hand either as there is no english through the score.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9adca4a4) out of 5 stars Nicely printed score Oct. 9 2001
By Jay Jeon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This complete musical score to one of the greatest works of art by mankind comes in quality paper and print that I find quite satisfying. The lack of an English translation is no problem for me personally, because I have separate libretti with translations I can refer to when needed, and I use this book when I want to follow the musical score and sing along with the original Italian verses. One disappointment is that the German verses are in normal print, directly underneath the musical score, while the original Italian is in italics and under the German (therefore harder to read and follow), almost as if the book is intended more for people who want to follow the German, not the Italian. Since the opera is originally in Italian, it makes more sense to me that the German text and Italian text should be switched in terms of location and font. Nevertheless, I'm highly satisfied with the overall quality of this book, and it is definitely one of my favorite books within my music-related library.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9adca8dc) out of 5 stars Excellent value, and stays as flat as they advertise! Sept. 11 2015
By Cembalista - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Dover may not be the most scholarly edition, but their sewn-binding full scores are a wonderful value. They stay flat, are easy to read from, and are a good, practical edition for any student or performer, provided it is not the only edition you consult.
HASH(0x9adca8c4) out of 5 stars A score worth having April 1 2012
By HP - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Far to many "Full Scores" consist of only portions of the selected work. In Opera, that often means just some selected Arias, and perhaps the Overture. In this case, the term "full score" truly means Full Score. Every note is there, from the Overture to the final chord. Every line of recit is included, even those that are most often spoken rather than sung. In addition, the full libretto is given...in both Italian and German.

This version was completed by Georg Schünemann in Berlin in 1941! He cited the numerous "original" versions he used as references, even to the point of acknowledging that the sole copy of a particular printing was in Washington, and, sadly, not available to him at the time. He also supplies several pages of notes, identifying things that were "missing" from various versions or explaining which version he chose for a particular passage and why. As a study guide, for students of Mozart, students of opera, or students of orchestration this is an outstanding book, well made and certain to last a long time. It is unlikely anyone will produce anything "better."

For serious students it provides a good look at what Mozart wrote, and allows easy comparisons with versions produced today where some directors seem to feel that they can make "changes" and bill them as "improvements." In my opinion, Mozart knew exactly what he was doing, and "improvements" are seldom as good as the original...usually much worst. HINT: To a certain unconventional director: There's no silent angel in Mozart's work...for a good reason!
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9adcac84) out of 5 stars One of the best Figaro orchestral score ever! July 6 2000
By Seng Liang - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's comic masterpiece "The Marriage of Figaro" has always been one of the best loved and studied operas today. With a bubbling plot and beautiful music, this opera is sure to delight classical and opera music lovers whether you are just a beginner or a die hard classical fan. However, full orchestral scores, particularly opera scores, have always hard to come by and when they do, the price is often too steep. Now Dover publications makes available the COMPLETE orchestral score of this fabulous opera with an affordable price. As with other Dover scores, this one is a reprint of an older publishing house, Carl Frederich Peters of Leipzig, which means that other than the contents, which Dover translated into English, everything in this score is German and /or Italian ( libretto and stage directions ). However, the beautiful, neat and clear engraving of the score more than makes up for this. The full score would probably be too bulky for opera singers, but it is an indispensable tool for classical music enthusiasts to study and appreciate all the aspects that make up this wonderful comic opera. Buy it! It will make your listening experience all the more enjoyable.