Piracy, Security and Maritime Space UOSM2014: Week 8, Mozart's Abduction Opera
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Piracy, Security and Maritime Space UOSM2014: Week 8, Mozart's Abduction Opera
A repository for materials for week eight of Piracy, Security and Maritime Space UOSM2014.
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Link to Score of W.A. Mozart's Entführung aus dem Serail (Abduction from the Seraglio), K. 384 (Digital Mozart Edition)

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The above link takes you to the Digital Mozart Edition license page. Click 'yes' (or 'ja' if you've landed in the German part of the site) and then type '384' (that's the number of the opera in the standard Mozart catalogue) in the box. You'll then be taken to a full images of the score.

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The Abduction from the Seraglio - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Libretto in English - OperaFolio.com

The libretto of the opera The Abduction from the Seraglio by the composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in English.
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Should read: most of the libretto! But enough for orientation...

 

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Timothy D. Taylor, 'Peopling the Stage: Opera, Otherness, and New Musical Representations in the Eighteenth Century', Cultural Critique, No. 36 (Spring, 1997), pp. 55-88

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Please read the opening pages (pp. 56-58) and then 65 to the end. Don't worry about the musical terminology, but do try and listen to the sections Taylor discusses (I've put the whole opera via Spotify on this page).

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Julian Rushton, The Abduction from the Seraglio, from the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians Second Edition (NGII Online)

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WA Mozart Entführung aus dem Serail

WA Mozart Entführung aus dem Serail, a playlist by lully04 on Spotify.
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An excellent recording on period instruments with top singers,

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In Mohrenland gefangen war Ha, wie will ich trumphieren

Mozart In Turkey Yelda Kodalli Kostanze Paul Groves Belmonte Desiree Rancatore Blonde Lynton Atkinson Pedrillo Peter Rose Osmin Oliver Tobias Pasha Selim Fil...
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From a recent film of the opera. Here is (most of the) text in English:

 

PEDRILLO:
In Moorish lands imprisoned lay
A girl, pretty and delicate;
Rosy cheeks, white skin, black hair,
She sighed day and night, she even wept,
Longing to be rescued.

Then came from foreign lands
A young knight
Who took pity on the maiden.
Hey, he cried, I'll risk my life and honour
If only I can rescue her.

PEDRILLO:
So far so good; nothing is stirring.

BELMONTE:
(comes forward)
That is enough, Pedrillo.

PEDRILLO:
It's not my fault that they have still not shown themselves. We must try again. Just stay at your post.

BELMONTE:
(off again)

PEDRILLO:
I'll come to you at dead of night,
Dearest, let me in quickly;
I fear neither padlocks nor watchmen,
Heigho, take heed, at midnight
You shall be saved.

No sooner said than done, one the stroke
Of midnight the brave knight was there;
Gently she gave him her white hand,
Next morning her cell was found to be empty;
She was gone, up and away!

 

[Osmin wakes up and chases the esaping prisoners...]

 

OSMIN:
Oh, how I shall triumph
When they conduct you to the place of execution
And put the garrotte round your throats!

I shall gambol, laugh and jump about
And sing a song of delight,
Since I am rid of you at last.

No matter how softly and carefully you prowl,
You confounded harem mice,
Our ear is bound to detect you!
And ere you can escape us
You find yourselves caught in our snares
And will get your just deserts.
Oh, how I shall triumph ...

 
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