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Singspiel <i>‘music must never offend the ear’</i>

Julian Rushton

in The Master Musicians: Mozart

Published in print February 2006 | ISBN: 9780195182644
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199850624 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182644.003.0012
Singspiel ‘music must never offend the ear’

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Mozart would not usually be included among musical nationalists, and most of his vocal works are in Latin or Italian. But several times he expressed the wish to write more in his own language, and the main genre using German texts was Singspiel, a term now generally understood as meaning German opera with spoken dialogue. Unfortunately, however, his desire to develop this genre seldom coincided with the demands of the theatres; and after Bastien und Bastienne, he completed only two more German operas.

Keywords: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; German opera; Bastien und Bastienne; Singspiel

Chapter.  2375 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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