Mozart, Emanuel Schikaneder, Egypt, magic
Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and librettist Emanuel Schikaneder lived and created during the height of eighteenth-century interest in and fascination with Egypt. The Magic Flute's Egyptian setting would therefore evoke in their contemporaneous audience notions of a distant land with an exotic and magical culture. The numerous Egyptian elements of the work are representative of its era and are situated near the end of a continuum of European thought about ancient Egypt before the solid foundation of modern day Egyptology had been laid.
Original Publication Citation
European Views of Egyptian Magic and Mystery: a Cultural Context for the Magic Flute,â€ BYU Studies 43/3 (24), 137-148.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Muhlestein, Kerry M., "European Views of Egyptian Magic and Mystery: a Cultural Context for the Magic Flute" (2004). All Faculty Publications. 1017.
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