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Three Mozart Libretti: The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni and Così Fan Tutte, Complete in Italian and English (Dover Books on Music) Paperback – September 28, 1993


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Text: English, Italian (translation)
Original Language: Italian
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Product Details

  • Series: Dover Books on Music
  • Paperback: 307 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; ItalnEng edition (September 28, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486277267
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486277264
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #922,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Gheuf on September 3, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is an awful edition of these libretti.

First of all, the editors have given us, not the libretti themselves, but a record of what is sung in the opera. That is, if a character repeats a word, the editors have correspondingly repeated that word in the text, as many times as the character repeats it, even if in the libretto as it was written, each word appeared only once. This unnecessarily bloats the text, since words tend to be repeated in this opera with a surprising frequency. For example, on p. 64, during the Act II Finale, the editors print an exchange between Figaro and the others as follows:

FIGARO: Nol conosco.
SUSANNA: Nol conosci?
FIGARO: No!
LA CONTESSA: Nol conosci?
FIGARO: No!
IL CONTE: Nol conosci?
FIGARO: No!
SUSANNA, LA CONTESSA, IL CONTE: Nol conosci?
FIGARO: No! No! No!

This is not only unnecessary, it is not even an accurate record of how the passage is sung: The first line of Figaro's should be "Nol conosco, nol conosco." Furthermore, it obscures the structure of the text, hiding the rhymes and making many lines scan improperly.

Of course, even without the repetitions, you would have difficulty scanning the lines anyway, because the editors have inserted the line-breaks incorrectly. For example, on p. 12 the Duet between Figaro and Susanna is printed as follows:

FIGARO: Se a caso madama la notte ti chiama --
Din, din, din, din --
In due passi da quella puoi gir.
Vien poi l'occasione
Che vuolmi il padrone--
Don, don, don, don --
In tre salti lo vado a servir.

The correct lineation is:

Se a caso Madama
La notte ti chiama:
Din din: in due passi
Da quella puoi gir.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By C. Norris on March 14, 2006
Format: Paperback
I picked up this book, because I was writing a paper and thought that having the libretto of Cosi Fan Tutte would be helpful. I would not have bought the book had not the word "complete" been on the front cover. However, it is not complete: Aria N. 28, which was the reason for my buying the book, was completely cut out. I found this very irritating.

Other than that, I found this an easy and pleasent read, and facing pages of Italian are always nice
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Santa Barbara on January 21, 2009
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The Cosi Ran Tutte libretto was what I read first after purchasing this Dover book--I have not checked the others. Here and there chunks of Cosi are missing --it is not "complete" as the title claims.
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1 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Keown on August 21, 2006
Format: Paperback
very good
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