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Papageno : Emanuel Schikaneder, man of the theater in Mozart's time
Honolka, Kurt, 1913-1988.
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Papageno. English
Publication Information:
Portland, Or. : Amadeus Press, [1990]

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236 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Translation of: Papageno.
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ML423.S346 H613 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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AmadeusEmanuel Schikaneder (1751-1812) is known today only as the librettist of Mozart's The Magic Flute , yet he was also the most important theater director of his time, an actor, singer, producer, and a prolific dramatist.

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This is an engrossing analysis of the career of Schikaneder, whose name gave rise to the term "chicanery." Honolka presents a vivid picture of the late 18th and early 19th centuries during which the playwright wrote dozens of plays and libretti, and became famous and rich. There are fine descriptions of the "magic plays," tricks, and illusions for which he was noted. The description of the collaboration on The Magic Flute between Mozart and Schikaneder (who played Papageno with great success) is detailed and provides a good antidote to the sentimentalized, fraudulent legends that still are accepted. Honolka is particularly informative about the Masonic emblems and rites that appear in the opera. The description of Viennese theater architecture (particularly Schikaneder's new Theater an der Wien), theater audiences, playwriting conventions, and economic factors are carefully developed in an interesting style. Illustrations of actors, theaters, and designs for costumes and scenery are fresh and useful. The translator's work is excellent; it is valuable to have some passages in both German and English. -Y. Shafer, University of Colorado at Boulder