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Turandot

COMPOSER: Ferruccio Busoni
PUBLISHER: Breitkopf und Härtel
PRODUCT TYPE: Piano Reduction
INSTRUMENT GROUP: Vocal
Text by the composer based on a drama by Carlo Gozzi Translation: engl. (L. Salter), ital. (O. Previtali) Place: Im äußersten Orient. Vor dem Stadttor Pekings, Thronsaal im Kaiserpalast, das Frauengemach Turandots Characters: Altoum, Kaiser (bass) - Turandot, seine Tochter (soprano) - Adelma, ihre
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Composer Ferruccio Busoni
Editor Philipp Jarnach
Publisher Breitkopf und Härtel
Instrumentation Opera
Product Type Piano Reduction
Instrument Group Vocal
Genre Classical
ISMN 9790004163931
No. Pages 154
No. BRKEB5314
Definitive Duration 01:15:00
Description
Text by the composer based on a drama by Carlo Gozzi Translation: engl. (L. Salter), ital. (O. Previtali) Place: Im äußersten Orient. Vor dem Stadttor Pekings, Thronsaal im Kaiserpalast, das Frauengemach Turandots Characters: Altoum, Kaiser (bass) - Turandot, seine Tochter (soprano) - Adelma, ihre Vertraute (mezzo-soprano) - Kalaf, Sohn des Timur, ein Prinz (tenor) - Barak, sein Getreuer (baritone) - Die Königinmutter von Samarkand, eine Mohrin (soprano) - Truffaldino, Haupt der Eunuchen (tenor) - Pantalone, Minister (bass) - Tartaglia, Minister (bass) - Acht Doktoren (4 tenors, 4 basses) - Eine Vorsängerin (mezzo-soprano) - Der Scharfrichter (stumme Rolle) Busoni’s work, which antedates Puccini’s famous setting by a few years, seems rather cool in com-parison to the later piece. "Busoni tones down the colors of his orientalisms and totally eschews sentimental lyricism. His strengths lie especially in the scintillating, unfathomable characters and in a music that hovers in an ambivalent manner between brightness and darkness, sadness and humor, danger and harmlessness. This work of art makes its references clear: Gozzi’s play about the murderous princess is peopled with familiar commedia dell’arte figures, and one is not quite sure whether this mixture of fun and danger gives a more relaxed feeling to the activity on the stage or whether it does not do precisely the opposite, adding the irreconcilable perspective of a gondola trip on the edge of a bottomless gulf. Busoni is more faithful to Gozzi than Puccini and thus to the gracious levity that hovers over the excesses of the action. His mild chinoiseries repeatedly lead to a Neo-Classicism inspired by Venetian folklore.” (Hans-Klaus Jungheinrich, 1985) "Turandot" was premiered with "Arlecchino" in Zurich on 11 May 1917.
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