Academic journal article Journal of Singing

German Opera Arias for Soprano and Piano

Academic journal article Journal of Singing

German Opera Arias for Soprano and Piano

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German Opera Arias for Soprano and Piano. Compiled by Danielle Pacha. Greenway Music Press, A-R Editions, 2016.

The nineteenth century German Singspiel was a popular genre, used by Mozart and his contemporaries, as well as by a number of dramatists, including Goethe. The Singspiel had its antecedents in many music theater traditions, including commedia dell'arte and secular plays performed in the vernacular. Die Zauberflöte is an outstanding example of the genre, and is not that far removed from the comedic musical form with its spoken dialogue that constituted the true Singspiel of Germany and Austria.

German Opera Arias is divided into three groupings of Singspiel arias; the first, from Claudine von Villa Bella (1789) by Johann Friedrich Reichardt (1752-1814); the second, from "Viennese Fairytale Operas of the Late 18th Century," all with libretti by famed librettist Emmanuel Schikaneder; and the third from Rochus Pumpernickel (1809), a tremendously popular quodlibet theater piece (quodlibet being a synthesis of pre-existing musical quotations, combined often to great comedic effect). …

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