Die Zauberflöte

Notes on the Libretto

The text is transcribed from the original published libretto (Ignaz Alberti, Wien, 1791), as reproduced in facsimile by the Wiener Bibliophilen Gesellschaft in 1942. The text, orthography, punctuation, abbreviations, and general layout have been preserved to the extent possible. The character ?? has been rendered as "tz", and no distinction is made between the characters ?? and ??, both rendered as "s"

There are numerous differences between the text of the published libretto and the "standard" version of the work as set to music and performed. The more significant variations are noted below.

Also included are Schikaneder's musical instructions (not necessarily observed by Mozart), as in Monostatos' aria (II.7)

© Richard S. Bogart 2005

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22 Oct 2005