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Richard Strauss, Der Rosenkavalier : Comedy…

Richard Strauss, Der Rosenkavalier : Comedy for Music in Three Acts

by Richard Strauss (Composer), Anthony Burgess, Hugo von Hofmannsthal (Librettist), George R. Marek

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Strauss, RichardComposerprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Burgess, Anthonymain authorall editionsconfirmed
Hofmannsthal, Hugo vonLibrettistmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Marek, George R.main authorall editionsconfirmed
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This work contains significant commentary and additional material. Please do not combine with other versions or selections from the opera.
ISBN: 0718122100 9780718122102
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This is a German-language book, obviously. The title means "Der Rosenkavalier: Versions, Film Scenario, Letters"; that is, it includes the libretto of the opera, with variant readings, Hofmannsthal's scenario for the later silent film, and letters from Hofmannsthal, Strauss, and others, pertaining to the opera. It also includes Alfred Roller's notes on costumes, sets, and stage direction, as well as photographs and illustrations.

The value of this book is in bringing together all this material in one handsome volume. (The endpapers show some of Roller's costume designs, and there are even more on the slipcover, for those whose copy still has it.) The likely reader will be someone who has a deep interest in the opera, but doesn't need the very elaborate scholarly material found in the ongoing edition of Hofmannsthal's collected works.

Note that the book focuses on Hofmannsthal's work--Strauss's music is dealt with only in passing.
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