Universal Edition - Franz Schreker – Irrelohe

Franz Schreker
23.03.1878—21.03.1934

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Franz Schreker
Irrelohe

Work Details

Year of composition: 1919-1922
Subtitle: Opera in 3 acts
Composer: Franz Schreker
Librettist: Franz Schreker
Original Language: Deutsch
Parts: Graf Heinrich, tenor
Der Förster, bass
Eva, soprano
Die alte Lola, alto
Peter, baritone
Christobald, tenor
Der Pfarrer, bassbaritone
Der Müller, bass
Fünkchen, tenor
Strahlbusch, baritone
Ratzekahl, bass
Anselmus, bassbaritone
Ein Lakai, tenor
Die Mutter des Grafen / dessen Schwester / der Bürgermeister / der Lehrer / der Schreiber / ein Mädchen / Bauern / Volk aller Art / Lakaien / junge Mädchen / Burschen / Kinder.
Choir: SATB
Instrumentation: 3 3 4 3 - 6 4 3 1 - timp(2–3), perc(9), hp(2), cel, cemb, guit, mand, str(16 14 12 10 8) - on stage: picc(2), cl(2), hn(6(3)), tpt(3), perc(5), org
Instrumentation details: 1st flute (+picc); 2nd flute (+picc); 3rd flute (+picc); 1st oboe; 2nd oboe; cor anglais (+3rdob); 1st clarinet in A (+cl(Bb)); 2nd clarinet in A (+cl(Bb)); 3rd clarinet in A (+cl(Bb); cl(Eb)); bass clarinet in Bb (+basset hn in F); 1st bassoon; 2nd bassoon; contrabassoon; 1st horn in F; 2nd horn in F; 3rd horn in F; 4th horn in F; 5th horn in F; 6th horn in F; 1st trumpet in C; 2nd trumpet in C; 3rd trumpet in C; 4th trumpet in C; 1st trombone; 2nd trombone; 3rd trombone; bass tuba; 1st timpani; 2nd timpani; 3 high kettle drums; percussion(9); 1st harp; 2nd harp; hpsd; celesta; guitars; mandolins; violin I(16); violin II(14); viola(12); violoncello(10); contrabass(8) - on stage: 1st piccolo; 2nd piccolo; 1st clarinet in A (+cl(Bb)); 2nd clarinet in A (+cl(Bb)); 1st horn in F; 2nd horn in F; 3rd horn in F; 4th horn in F; 5th horn in F; 6th horn in F; 1st trumpet in C; 2nd trumpet in C; 3rd trumpet in C; percussion(4); bells; organ
Scenery: 4
Duration: 165′
Dedication: Meiner lieben Frau Maria zugeeignet
 
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Audio Excerpt

Irrelohe

World Première

Location: Stadttheater Köln / Germany
Date: 27.03.1924
Conductor: Otto Klemperer

Work Introduction

It is thanks to Vienna Volksoper director Rudolf Berger that first Austrian production of Franz Schreker's opera Irrelohe (premièred in Cologne in 1924) has been playing in Vienna since 16 October 2004 (dir.: Olivier Tambosi, c.: Dietfried Bernet). Schreker was among the most performed composers of his day. Banned by the Nazis, his music is now in the process of being rediscovered. And to rave reviews:

One could listen to these sounds until dizzy: opalescent, running into one another, seductive (Süddeutsche Zeitung, Gerhard Persché)

Illuminated sound-theatre … the music is of complex, abundantly dissonant and daring harmony, possessed of its own "grammar" between expressionism and the modern. (Salzburger Nachrichten, Heinz Rögl)

At last, Schreker! At last, "Irrelohe" … a wildly glowing elegy to expressionism which simultaneously throws the doors wide open to new territory (Wiener Zeitung, Edwin Baumgartner)

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