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K 619]. Die ihr des unermesslichen Weltalls Schöpfer ehrt. [Piano-vocal score]. [Subtitle]: Contained in Ziegenhagen, Franz Heinrich (1753-1806): Lehre vom richtigen Verhältnisse zu den Schöpfungswerken, und durch öffentliche Einführung derselben allein zu bewürkende algemeine Menschenbeglückung. mit einer Musik von W.A. Mozart. Hamburg: bie dem Herausgeber, 1792.
1792 - First Edition. Köchel 8, p. 706. Haberkamp I, p. 352. RISM M4161 and MM4161. Both Mozart and Ziegenhagen were Masons. "In the summer of 1791, F.H. Ziegenhagen, a merchant from Hamburg who belonged to a lodge in Regensburg, commissioned this setting of his own text for solo voice and piano from Mozart. The six movements of the "little German cantata" are brief and continuous, mixing arioso and recitative, and passing through a variety of moods. The style both of this work and of K.623 shares the clarity, directness, and euphony of The Magic Flute." Zaslaw and Cowdery: The Compleat Mozart, p. 38. The present study is an early and important treatise on utopian socialism, proposing the establishment of self- sufficient agricultural/educational colonies; the fine engravings by Chodowiecki illustrate daily life in these idealized colonies and include classroom and agricultural scenes. The text of the cantata relates to the ideals proposed in Ziegenhagen's study. Octavo. Contemporary marbled boards. 1f. (title), 3ff., [1]-633 [!631], [i] (blank) pp. + 8 engraved pictorial plates by the Polish/German painter and printmaker Daniel Chodowiecki (1726-1801), two of which are folding, + 8 pp. typeset music printed on 4 folding leaves. Binding slightly worn and scuffed. With errors in pagination to text; two tears repaired including one to a large folding plate; repair to lower blank margin of pp. 183/184; small burnhole to pp. 559/560 just affecting several letters. A very good, crisp and clean copy overall. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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