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Magic Flute Overture (Die Zauberflote) Mozart Help Opus Details
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Mozart's Magic Flute Overture reflects Mozart's Masonic connections, especially in the solemn and square opening chords on woodwinds. The work is in the pure classical sonata form, with its exposition and development sections. It precedes his comic/serious opera, which in German is called Die Zauberflote. It employs the fantasy and magic of Gluckian opera. Mozart was a Freemason for most of his adult life and the masonic subplot of Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute) has provoked reams of academic commentary since the operas first performance in 1791. The ritualistic element of Die Zauberflote is undeniable, but you do not need to know anything of masonic esoteric teaching to enjoy this opera, for it can be heard simply as an incident-packed tale of love tested and found true. Die Zauberflote ranges from buffoonery to hieratic solemnity, and features some of the most unusual and vivid characters in all opera - such as Papageno the guileless bird-catcher, the flamboyantly evil Queen of the Night (who gets two of the most startling arias you'll ever hear), and the comically thuggish Monostatos. In short, The Magic Flute is a sort of cerebral pantomime for grown-ups.
Category: Overture Orchestra Classical Period
Time Signature 4 /4 Key Signature   Eb Major Play MP3 using player below.

1    Slow but solemly dramatic opening woodwind chords form the introduction.

2    Faster repeating quaver passages on the strings form the main theme of the overture.
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