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Skrev Aurora von Königsmarck verkligen Die drey Töchter Cecrops?
2015 (Swedish)In: Samlaren: tidskrift för svensk litteraturvetenskaplig forskning, ISSN 0348-6133, E-ISSN 2002-3871, Vol. 136, 80-104 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Did Aurora von Königsmarck really write Die drey Töchter Cecrops? (Skrev Aurora von Königsmarckverkligen Die drey Töchter Cecrops?)

The 17th-century opera Die drey Töchter Cecrops (Cecrops’s Three Daughters) has been transmittedthrough two different libretto versions, printed anonymously and without date orplace, and a manuscript score. The question of who wrote the libretto is discussed in this essay.For this purpose, various theories concerning when and where the libretto was written are presented,which is important for establishing possible candidates. Since 1744 the most frequentlymentioned name in this connection has been the Swedish Countess Aurora von Königsmarck(1662–1728). However, if Die drey Töchter Cecrops was written in the late 1670s, which seemslikely, Königsmarck would have been in her mid-teens. If the text was written for Ansbach(where the score has survived together with one of the printed librettos) this would weakenKönigsmarck’s position as a candidate further, since no contacts between her family and Ansbachhave been established. If the text was written for Hamburg (where the opera was performedin 1680) this would strengthen Königsmarck, since she lived there until May 1680. Inlater years, the composers and librettists Johann Wolfgang Franck and Johann Philipp Förtschrespectively have been suggested as the author of Die drey Töchter Cecrops. The question of theidentity of the librettist is unsolved to this day and is probably unsolvable at present.

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Uppsala, 2015. Vol. 136, 80-104 p.
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librettos, Die drey Töchter Cecrops, Aurora von Königsmarck, Johann Wolfgang Franck, Johann Philipp Förtsch
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-280418OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-280418DiVA: diva2:910720
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