This new Rosenkavalier volume with parallel printings makes it possible for the first time to compare directly the poetic Hofmannsthal text first published by S. Fischer Verlag in 1911 with the libretto that first appeared in 1920 with Adolph Fürstner.
Based on the current state of research, this volume is addressed to interested readers as well as experts, and offers a comprehensive survey of the origin of the opera, with particular attention to the long unknown earliest scenarios recorded by Harry Graf Kessler in his diaries, along with the subsequent Hoffmannsthal manuscripts and the typescripts that resulted from them.
In addition, the text section provides detailed explanations of terms that illustrate Hofmannsthal’s conscious use of Viennese. A subsequent comprehensive line-by-line commentary marks the use of historical, literary, and also musical models and presents selected examples of early versions of the text.
Dirk O. Hoffmann (born in 1942) is a professor of German language, literature, and culture in the USA. Together with the Richard-Strauss-friend and -biographer Willi Schuh he edited Band 23 of the critical edition of the collected works of Hugo von Hoffmannsthal.