Mozart's opera, The Magic Flute, has held a fascination for audiences since its premiere in 1791. The opera speaks to everyone who watches the drama and listens to the music. Even without the words, the music has a drama of its own speaking to each new generation of listeners.
The three arias in this suite are Papageno's aria, “I am the Bird Catcher, always merry, always gay”, Monostatos's aria, “All may feel the joys of love”, and finally the second aria of the Queen of the Night, “The revenge of Hell boils in my heart”. These three fell very naturally to the timbre of the flute choir, whether because of the prominent flute parts in the orchestra or' in the case of the Queen of the Night aria, the range of the flute and soprano were equally matched. Each of them can stand alone or be used in a suite.
The Queen of the Night aria was performed at the National Flute Convention in Anaheim by the Camellia City Flute Choir from Sacramento, California.
Arranged by Martin Melicharek, III. (Additional program/performance notes by the arranger are included in the score.)
Scored for piccolo, 3 flutes, 2 alto flutes, bass flute, and (optional) contrabass flute (or cello)