- The Oxford Handbook of Music Censorship
- In the Quest of Gallican Remnants in Gregorian Manuscripts: Archaisms in the Masses for the Holy Cross in Aquitanian Chant Books
- The English Kyrie
- Governmental Interference as a Shaping Force in Elizabethan Printed Music
- The Sounds of Indigenous Ancestors: Music, Corporality, and Memory in the Jesuit Missions of Colonial SouthAmerica
- “We Should Not Sing of Heaven and Angels”: Performing Western Sacred Music in Soviet Russia, 1917–1964
- A Strident Silencing: The Ban on Richard Wagner in Israel
- HARPOCRATES at Work: How the God of Silence Protected Eighteenth-Century French Iconoclasts
- Sex, Politics, and Censorship in Mozart’s <i>Don Giovanni</i>/<i>Don Juan</i>
- The Depoliticized Drama: Mozart’s Figaro and the Depths of Enlightenment
- The Curious Incident of <i>Fidelio</i> and the Censors
- “Years in Prison”: Giuseppe Verdi and Censorship in Pre-Unification Italy
- Micronarratives of Music and (Self-)censorship in Socialist Yugoslavia
- Popular Music as a Barometer of Political Change: Evidence from Taiwan
- Music and Censorship in Vietnam since 1954
- Miguel Ángel Estrella: (Classical) Music for the People, Dictatorship, and Memory
- A Case Study of Brazilian Popular Music and Censorship: Ivan Lins’s Music during Dictatorship in Brazil
- Alban Berg’s “Guilt” by Association
- Slow Dissolves, Full Stops, and Interruptions: Terezín, Censorship, and the Summer of 1944
- Selling Schnittke: Late Soviet Censorship and the Cold War Marketplace
- Curb that Enticing Tone: Music Censorship in the PRC
- Censorship and the Politics of Reception: The Filmic Afterlife of Marc Blitzstein’s The Cradle Will Rock
- Pete Seeger’s Project
- Government Censorship and Aaron Copland’s <i>Lincoln Portrait</i> during the Second Red Scare
- “A Day in the Life”: The Beatles and the BBC, May 1967
- Composing in Black and White: Code-Switching in the Songs of Sam Lucas
- Exploring Transitions in Popular Music: Censorship from Apartheid to Post-Apartheid South Africa
- Rap Music and Rap Audiences Revisited: How Race Matters in the Perception of Rap Music
- Deaths and Silences: Coding and Defiance in Music about AIDS
- Teaching Silence in the Twenty-First Century: Where are the Missing Women Composers?
- Veiled Voices: Music and Censorship in Post-Revolutionary Iran
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter examines how Wolfgang Amadé Mozart’s comic opera Le Nozze di Figaro was affected by the practice of censorship during the Josephine Enlightenment. It first discusses three aspects of Le Nozze di Figaro’s genesis as mentioned by Lorenzo Da Ponte: Mozart’s choice of the stage play La folle journée by Pierre Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais; the remarkably quick working out of the score; and permission for performance. It then analyzes the circumstances surrounding the censoring of Beaumarchais’s performance of La folle journée and the opera’s release. It also evaluates freedom of the press and censorship in Austria under Joseph II, who accelerated and radicalized the implementation of reforms in the spirit of a controlled enlightenment. Finally, the chapter considers Beaumarchais’s theory of comedy in which he emphasized the social function of theater, albeit not in the political sense that was claimed in the subsequent reception of Figaro.
Laurenz Lütteken is Professor of Musicology at the University of Zurich.
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