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MOZART, Wolfgang Amadeus 1756-1791
[K527]. Il dissoluto Punito o Sia Il D. Giovanni Drama giocoso La Musica del Signore Wolffgango Mozard[!] messa per il Piano Forte Del Carlo Zulehner. No. 138. Fr. 21. Fl. 10. [Piano-vocal score]
Mainz: B. Schott [PN 138], [after 1791]. Oblong folio. Quarter black cloth with black paper boards. 1f. (recto title within decorative oval border, verso blank), [1] (blank), 2 (cast list, contents with textual incipits), 3-207, [i] (blank) pp. Engraved. Text in Italian and German. Binding slightly worn. Slight foxing and offsetting; some creasing; lower edge of final leaf repaired; other minor imperfections. In very good condition overall. First Edition, 7th issue, distinguished by the combined cast/contents page (introduced with the 6th issue). Haberkamp I p. 294. Hirsch IV, 134 (first issue). Fuld p. 371. Hoboken II, 343 (first issue). RISM M4504. An opera buffa in two acts to a libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte, Don Giovanni was first performed in Prague at the National Theatre on October 29, 1787. "Don Giovanni is governed by a single idea, Giovanni's flouting of society in pursuit of sexual pleasure, which binds together a disparate set of ambivalent or comic incidents. The libretto has been unfairly criticized; its episodic nature is a condition of the subject, in which respect it differs from Figaro and Così. Divine retribution appears like an act of God, or a different kind of life-force personified in the statue; what in previous treatments had been comic, perfunctory or merely gruesome, is raised to sublimity by Mozart's music." Julian Rushton in Grove Music Online.

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