Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf: Gesundheit Herr Nachbar... Arie from Hokus Pokus#
Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf (1739 Vienna - 1799 Neuhof) was a very
prolific composer. He wrote works for the German-language
Nationalsingspiel, which Emperor Joseph II encouraged to raise the
quality of operas in German. Even though these works couldn't really
compete with Italian opera, at least the ice was broken. The first
great masterpiece was definitely W. A. Mozart's Entfuehrung aus dem
Serail (Abduction from the Seraglio). Dittersdorf's fame lived on
into the 19th c as evidenced by the decorations in the new Opera
House on the Ringstrasse, where his bust is on equal standing with
those of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Weber, Rossini, etc. (Picture).
Musical example: the aria Gesundheit Herr Nachbar, mein Glaeschen
ist leer (To your health, O neighbor, my glass is empty!) from the
comic opera Hokus Pokus, which Dittersdorf wrote for Vienna in
1790. (E. Stadler)
© Sound: BMG Classics Music GmbH, D-81677 München, CD-Nr. BMG UD 69 170 F Q.
© Picture: Staatsoper Österreichischer Bundestheaterverband, Opernring 2, A-1010 Wien (Foto: Helmut Schubert, Papiermühlgasse 28, A-8020 Graz).