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By David J. Buch

Drawing on enormous quantities of operas, singspiels, ballets, and performs with supernatural issues, Magic Flutes and Enchanted Forests argues that the stress among delusion and Enlightenment-era rationality formed the most very important works of eighteenth-century musical theater and profoundly prompted how audiences and critics spoke back to them.
David J. Buch finds that despite—and maybe even simply because of—their primary irrationality, really good and unique topics received remarkable strength and recognition through the interval, pervading theatrical works with song within the French, German, and Italian mainstream. contemplating favourite compositions by way of Gluck, Rameau, and Haydn, in addition to many seminal contributions by way of lesser-known artists, Buch locates the origins of those magical components in such ancient resources as historical mythology, eu fairy stories, the Arabian Nights, and the occult. He concludes with an excellent excavation of the supernatural roots of Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Don Giovanni, development a brand new origin for our realizing of the mystical issues that proliferated in Mozart’s wake. 

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Although the uneducated majority of Europe’s population in the seventeenth century continued to believe in prophecy, witchcraft, magic, and conjuring, 26 the scientific literature of the seventeenth century became independent of magic and the occult, leaving the supernatural to fantastic literature. One minor genre of this kind of literature would prove significant in later years: Italian fairy tales. Giambattista Basile’s Lo cunto de li cunti, overo Lo trattenemiento de li peccerille (The Story of Stories or the Entertainment of the Little Ones) is the second major collection of fairy tales published in Europe.

23. Armeno expresses the Venetian interest in fantastic Persian tales in his Peregrinaggio. 24. See the notes by W. G. Waters in Straparola, Facetious Nights, 4:277–309. ) Sources of Magic and the Marvelous * 9 find almost all of the major elements of the later fairy tale, including enchanted animals, magic rings, the dead returned to life, devils, witches, fairies, wizards, and astrologers. Like Boccaccio’s Decameron and other collections of novelle, Piacevoli notti has a frame story. Immensely successful, the Piacevoli notti occasioned some twenty editions before it fell out of favor.

8. Le petit chaperon rouge (Little Red Riding Hood). Perhaps the best-known of Perrault’s stories, the original version has the wolf inviting Little Red Riding Hood into bed before it eats the child. In addition to the prose contes, Perrault includes three contes in verse: 9. Peau d’âne (The Donkey’s Hide) in the only Perrault tale not known to have been set for the stage in the eighteenth century. 10. Les souhaits ridicules (The Ridiculous Wishes) is a popular tale with numerous precedents from the twelfth through the sixteenth century.

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