Emanuel Schikaneder as Theater composer, or who wrote papageno's melodies in Die Zauberflote?
This article will show the results of analysis of previously neglected primary sources, particularly composer autograph scores for operas commissioned at Emanuel Schikaneder's Theater auf der Wieden in the 1790s. The analysis reveals evidence of musical collaboration by composers at the theater, and it supports reports of Schikaneder's musical contributions to scores for his librettos, particularly Mozart's Die Zauberflote. The question of whether Schikaneder's musical ideas were original or derived from the music of others is another matter. He certainly recycled his own work and Leopold Mozart observed that he freely borrowed the work of others.
Original Publication Date
Buch, David J., "Emanuel Schikaneder as Theater composer, or who wrote papageno's melodies in Die Zauberflote?" (2015). Faculty Publications. 1283.