193 leaves, oblong 4to (22 x 28.5cm), the staves drawn with a single-headed rastrum, red edges, library stamp to title-page ("Gräfl. Stolbergische Bibliothek z. Wernigerode"), trimmed by the binder, contemporary half calf, no place or date [late C18th or early C19th], covers very worn, damp-staining
Although the present score does not appear to have been copied by any of the copyists associated with the original and early Viennese performances of the opera, at the Theater auf der Wieden, it is evidently relatively early in date and testifies to the great popularity of the work. Although keyboard scores of the opera appeared early on, an unarranged edition of the full score did not appear until Simrock's edition of 1814. A notable feature of the present score is the way some of the wind parts are copied separately at the end of the manuscript, as in Mozart's autograph.
The score is not among the fourteen score-copies recorded in the critical report to the edition of Die Zauberflöte in the Neue Mozart-Ausgabe, only one of which can be securely connected to the Theater auf der Wieden. We gratefully acknowledge the assistance of Dexter Edge with our cataloguing of this lot.
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