Mozart : Pamina's Aria from the Magic Flute (Arranged for Brass quintet)

Product Code : Mozart_03
The Magic Flute (K.620) which in German is Die Zauberflöte, is an opera in two acts set to a German libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder. The work is in the form of a Singspiel, a popular form that included both singing and spoken dialogue. The work premiered on 30 September 1791 at Schikaneder's theatre, the Freihaus-Theater auf der Wieden in Vienna, just two months before the composer's premature death.
The opera was the culmination of a period of increasing involvement by Mozart with Schikaneder's theatrical troupe, which since 1789 had been the resident company at the Theater auf der Wieden. Mozart was a close friend of one of the singer-composers of the troupe, tenor Benedikt Schack (the first Tamino), and had contributed to the compositions of the troupe, which were often collaboratively written. Mozart's participation increased with his contributions to the 1790 collaborative opera Der Stein der Weisen (The Philosopher's Stone Like the Magic Flute, Der Stein der Weisen was a fairy-tale opera and can be considered a kind of precursor; it employed much the same cast in similar roles. The libretto for The Magic Flute, written by Schikaneder, is thought by scholars to be based on many sources. Some works of literature current in Vienna in Schikaneder's day that may have served as sources include the medieval romance Yvain by Chrétien de Troyes, the novel Sethos by Jean Terrasson, and the essay "On the mysteries of the Egyptians" by Ignaz von Born. The libretto is also a natural continuation of a series of fairy tale operas produced at the time by Schikaneder's troupe. Many scholars also acknowledge some influence of Freemasonry.
Pamina’s Aria ’s is performed during Act 2 Scene 4: of the opera, and the synopsis is as follows –
The setting is a hall in the Temple of Ordeal, Tamino and Papageno are led in by priests, who remind them that they must remain silent. Papageno complains of thirst. An old woman enters and offers Papageno a cup of water. He drinks and teasingly asks whether she has a boyfriend. She replies that she does and that his name is Papageno. She disappears as Papageno asks for her name, and the three child-spirits bring in food, the magic flute, and the bells, sent from Sarastro. Tamino begins to play the flute, which summons Pamina. She tries to speak with him, but Tamino, bound by his vow of silence, cannot answer her, and Pamina begins to believe that he no longer loves her after which she sings the Aria: "Ach, ich fühl's, es ist verschwunden" She then leaves in despair.
In our view this is yet another example of one of the many great gems of classical repertoire that have been surprisingly omiited for brass ensemble until now. In our arrangement Pamina’s part has been split between the horn and 2 trumpets. It is a wonderful piece that could slot easily into many concert programmes since it is not particularly long.
For a performance reference to this magical work, we would recommend this equally magical performance by Kathleen Battle

We would class this as fairly easy technically.
No. of Players : 5 Difficulty : Fairly Easy Arranged by : Mark Leigh
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In most cases, this is the arrangment being played back using the Sibelius video export facility, but in some cases this is an actual performance by groups commissioned by Undiscovered Brass to actually perform the arrangment.
Pamina's Aria from the Magic Flute (Arranged for Brass quintet)
This is a performance of the music in its original form, which is there as a guide to help the Brass group perform this arrangment if they decide to purchase the arrangment.
Pamina's Aria from the Magic Flute (Arranged for Brass quintet)
Price : £20