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Introduction

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  27 July 2023

Martin Nedbal
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University of Kansas
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Although Mozart spent only a few weeks altogether in Prague, the city has been generally considered one of the most prominent sites associated with the composer. Czech- and German-language commentators in Bohemia usually take the successful production of Die Entführung aus dem Serail in 1783 as the starting point for the positive reception of Mozart’s music in Prague. The enthusiasm aroused by Die Entführung intensified with the success of Le nozze di Figaro in late 1786 and led to Mozart’s first visit to the Bohemian capital in early 1787. The most famous link between Mozart and Prague was created a few months later, when Mozart finished, rehearsed, and premiered his Don Giovanni at Prague’s Nostitz Theater (a theater initially created mainly for the production of German works, though later also featuring Italian operas and occasional Czech offerings) on October 29, 1787. One more famous premiere followed in September 1791 – that of La clemenza di Tito, commissioned for the coronation of Leopold II as the king of the Bohemian crownlands.

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Mozart's Operas and National Politics
Canon Formation in Prague from 1791 to the Present
, pp. 1 - 14
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2023

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  • Introduction
  • Martin Nedbal, University of Kansas
  • Book: Mozart's Operas and National Politics
  • Online publication: 27 July 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009257619.002
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  • Martin Nedbal, University of Kansas
  • Book: Mozart's Operas and National Politics
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  • Introduction
  • Martin Nedbal, University of Kansas
  • Book: Mozart's Operas and National Politics
  • Online publication: 27 July 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009257619.002
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