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Published online by Cambridge University Press:  24 November 2023

Jessica Waldoff
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College of the Holy Cross, Massachusetts
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In the years since its premiere, The Magic Flute has been written about in a variety of contexts, by a multitude of authors, and from a dizzying range of perspectives. While it would be impossible for any single volume to adequately capture the range and complexity of two centuries’ worth of research, commentary, and performance, this Cambridge Companion to “The Magic Flute” provides twenty-one essays on diverse topics, all newly written expressly for this collection. One important predecessor to this volume is Peter Branscombe’s 1991 Cambridge Opera Handbook, W. A. Mozart: “Die Zauberflöte. Since that time, however, there have been significant documentary discoveries and developments. A wealth of recent scholarship – ranging from books on Mozart and his contemporaries to studies of opera as a genre to explorations of Mozart’s contemporary Viennese and German contexts – has broadened the contexts in which we understand this opera. This Companion provides up-to-date commentary and interpretation in a single volume, with special emphasis on four key areas.

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Print publication year: 2023

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  • Introduction
  • Edited by Jessica Waldoff, College of the Holy Cross, Massachusetts
  • Book: The Cambridge Companion to <i>The Magic Flute</i>
  • Online publication: 24 November 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108551328.001
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  • Introduction
  • Edited by Jessica Waldoff, College of the Holy Cross, Massachusetts
  • Book: The Cambridge Companion to <i>The Magic Flute</i>
  • Online publication: 24 November 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108551328.001
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  • Introduction
  • Edited by Jessica Waldoff, College of the Holy Cross, Massachusetts
  • Book: The Cambridge Companion to <i>The Magic Flute</i>
  • Online publication: 24 November 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108551328.001
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