- Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus; Ryskamp, Charles; Turner, J. Rigbie
Der Schauspieldirektor (The Impressario): A facsimile of Mozartís autograph manuscript of The Impresario in the Mary Flagler Cary Music Collection, The Pierpont Morgan Library; A Comedy with Music in One Act, K. 486
Pierpont Morgan Library, New York, 1976, Attractive stiff blue wraps, , , Fine /
vĖxvi, 1Ė85 pp. [10 x 13ľ inches] oblong quarto in attractive stiff blue wraps. A facsimile of Mozartís autograph manuscript of The Impresario in the Mary Flagler Cary Music Collection, The Pierpont Morgan Library. Der Schauspieldirektor (The Impresario)A Comedy with Music in One Act, K. 486. ?Preface by Charles Ryskamp, Director; Introduction by J. Rigbie Turner. Additionally, radiographs of watermarks and the composer's drafts and sketches in front matter. Fine. Multiple copies available. Technically not an opera but a "singspiel," The Impressario is essentially a play, preceded by an overture and interrupted by four arias. It was first performed on February 7, 1786, in a musical competition in the Schonbrunn Palace, sponsored by Joseph II. Mozart's singspiel competed directly with none other than Antonio Salieri's one-act, Prima la Musica e Poi le Parole (First the Music and Then the Words).
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