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FINALE
PA . . . PA . . . PA . . . PA-PA . . .



Thanks to the intervention of the Three Boys, not only does Papageno decide not to hang himself, but his bells enable him to summon his sweetheart Papagena. Just before the final scene – in which the Queen of the Night, attended by Monostatos and the Three Ladies, fails in her sombre designs and the chorus celebrates the victory of the sun over the forces of darkness – the birdcatcher and his bride-to-be dream of a long line of little Papagenos and Papagenas. And so we end our serial with this delightful duet!




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PAPAGENO
Pa – Pa – Pa – Pa – Pa – Pa – Papagena!

PAPAGENA
Pa – Pa – Pa – Pa – Pa – Pa – Papageno!

BOTH
Pa – Pa – Pa – Pa – Pa – Pa – Papagena!/Papageno!

PAPAGENO
Are you now all mine?

PAPAGENA
Now I am all yours.

PAPAGENO
Then be my sweet little wife!

PAPAGENA
Then be my heart’s little dove!

BOTH
What joy it will be
If the gods are kind enough
To reward our love with children,
Such dear little children.

PAPAGENO
First a little Papageno.

PAPAGENA
Then a little Papagena.

PAPAGENO
Then another Papageno.

PAPAGENA
Then another Papagena.

BOTH
It is the greatest of all joys
When many, many, many, many
Pa, pa, pa, pa, pa, pa, geno
Pa, pa, pa, pa, pa, pa, gena
Are their happy parents’ blessing.



René Jacobs

Even if we try to be as faithful as possible to the tempos required by Mozart, as reported by his contemporaries, application of this system still offers more than enough room for a personal imaginative response. A tempo must be capable of remaining flexible within a section, above all in ensembles, following the course of the action in both the most ‘elevated’ and the ‘lowest’ (buffo) moments. Still greater agility is called for in outright comic scenes like the trio for Monostatos, Pamina and Papagena (no.6) or of course the buffo duet for Papageno and Papagena in Finale II.

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