The Story Orchestra: The Magic Flute (Hardcover)

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The Story Orchestra: The Magic Flute (Hardcover)
by Katy Flint, illustrated by Jessica Courtney-Tickle

Discover the sorcery of The Magic Flute in this musical retelling of the opera – just push the button on each beautiful scene to hear the vivid sound of an orchestra playing and singers singing from Mozart’s score.

This tale of a prince, a princess, and a magic flute begins in a mountain ridge between two magical lands. Prince Tamino enters, chased by a dragon, but three brave mountain rangers gallop past on horseback to rescue him. The rangers ask for one favor in return: their boss, the Queen of the Night, asks Prince Tamino to rescue her daughter, Princess Pamina, from the evil Sun King. She gives Tamino a magic flute and Papageno some magic bells to help them.

The story follows Prince Tamino as he breaks into the Sun King’s palace, charms the court with his magic flute, and gets caught by the guards. Will the prince escape with the princess?

As you and your little one journey through the magical scenes, you will press the buttons to hear ten excerpts from the opera’s music. At the back of the book, find a short biography of the composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, with details about his composition of The Magic Flute. Next to this, you can replay the musical excerpts and, for each of them, read a discussion of the instruments, rhythms, and musical techniques that make them so powerful. A glossary defines musical terms.

Manufacturer’s note: please pull the white tab out of the back of the book before use. Sound buttons require a firm push in exact location to work, which may be hard for young children. All sound clips are 10 seconds long.

  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books (November 16, 2021)
  • Dimensions: 12.3” W x 10.85” H
  • Ages: 4-7 years


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History

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflöte)

Mozart’s final opera (written before La Clemenza di Tito but first performed later) premiered in Vienna in September 1791, just weeks before the composer’s death, with Mozart conducting the orchestra from the fortepiano. A timeless fairy tale, it was a major success from the beginning and never lost its place as one of the most popular works in the repertoire. Julie Taymor’s beloved Met production opened in 2004. Its abridged English-language version, which returns in December 2013 as the company’s annual holiday presentation for families, inaugurated the Met’s Live in HD series of performance transmissions to movie theaters around the world in 2006.

 

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