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Weise von Liebe und Tod

COMPOSER: Siegfried Matthus
PUBLISHER: Breitkopf und Härtel
PRODUCT TYPE: Piano Reduction
INSTRUMENT GROUP: Vocal
Text by the composer after Rainer Maria Rilke English Translation: B. Jacobson Place and time: Hungary, during the Turks’ War 1683 or anytime, in the Countess’ Palace, in dream and reality Characters: Cornet Christoph Rilke von Langenau (mezzo-soprano) - his Voice of Thought (alto) - Countess
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Composer Siegfried Matthus
Publisher Breitkopf und Härtel
Instrumentation Opera
Product Type Piano Reduction
Instrument Group Vocal
Genre Contemporary Music
ISMN 9790200460223
No. Pages 244
No. BRKDV6139
Definitive Duration 01:40:00
Description
Text by the composer after Rainer Maria Rilke English Translation: B. Jacobson Place and time: Hungary, during the Turks’ War 1683 or anytime, in the Countess’ Palace, in dream and reality Characters: Cornet Christoph Rilke von Langenau (mezzo-soprano) - his Voice of Thought (alto) - Countess (soprano) - her Voice of Thought (soprano) - Marquis (baritone) - Count Spork (bass) - a young Woman (soprano) - Soldiers, Maids, Guests at the Castle Feast (chorus) Young Christoph Rilke von Langenau has joined his troops to fight in the war against the Turks. He befriends the Marquis, who gives him a rose petal at his departure, a gift the young man constantly carries with him. They ride through a land of endless vastness until they finally encounter the enemy army. Rilke is named standard bearer - "cornet” - by Count Spork. The horrors he witnesses weigh heavily upon the young cornet, and visions lead him to the verge of madness. While spending the night in a castle, Rilke enjoys a few hours of peace and rest for the first time in months - along with his first night of love with the Countess. An enemy attack shatters the idyll: the palace goes up in flames, Rilke rushes into the battle and dies. The opera is preceded by the chorus "In solchen Nächten / war einmal Feuer in der Opera” (It was on such a night that there once was a fire in the Opera), which is based on a Rilke poem from the "Buch der Bilder.” The choral piece was originally conceived solely to introduce the world premiere of the opera for the reopening of the Semper Opera in Dresden in 1985, forty years after its destruction. It has since become an inseparable component of the work. CD : Christina Ascher (mezzosoprano), Claudia Eder (alto), Marcella Polidori (soprano), Birgit Fandrey (soprano), Hermann-Christian Polster (bass), Chor des Norddeutschen Rundfunks / Ein Instrumentalensemble, cond. Hartmut Haenchen CD Musik in Deutschland 1950-2000 Deutscher Musikrat 74321 73543 CD (excerpts): Christina Ascher (mezzosoprano), Claudia Eder (alto), Marcella Polidori (soprano), Birgit Fandrey (soprano), Hermann-Christian Polster (bass), Chor des Norddeutschen Rundfunks / Ein Instrumentalensemble, cond. Hartmut Haenchen CD BMG 74321 73543 2 Bibliography: Dieckmann , Friedrich: Die gefesselte Jugend. Rilkes „Cornet“ als Oper einer Vision, in: Weimarer Beiträge 6/1986. Gennrich , Judith: „Ich bin ein Sänger ohne Stimme“. Siegfried Matthus’ Kompositionsweise für die Singstimme am Beispiel der Opern „Die Weise von Liebe und Tod des Cornets Christoph Rilke“ und „Judith“. Musiklehrer-Diplomarbeit Mainz 1997. Matthus , Siegfried: Meine „Cornet“-Oper, in: Programmheft der Uraufführung an der Dresdner Staatsoper 1985. ders .: „Cornet“ oder Über die Kunst, zu erben. Ein Werkstattgespräch, in: Musik und Gesellschaft 1/1985. ders .: Über die Harmonik meiner „Cornet“-Oper, in: Musik und Gesellschaft 8/1987. ders .: „Die Weise von Liebe und Tod des Cornets Christoph Rilke“. Interpretationserfahrungen, in: Wanderer zwischen Musik, Politik und Recht. Festschrift für Reinhold Kreile zum 65. Geburtstag, hrsg. von Jürgen Becker, Baden-Baden 1994, p. 403ff.
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