Universal Edition - Ernst Krenek – Der Sprung über den Schatten

Ernst Krenek
Der Sprung über den Schatten

Opus: op. 17
Year of composition: 1923
Subtitle: Komische Oper in 3 Akten (10 Bildern)
Composer: Ernst Krenek
Librettist: Ernst Krenek
Parts: Kuno, regierender Fürst, Baß / Prinzessin Leonore, Sopran / Gräfin Blandine, Mezzosopran / Odette, Sopran / Dr. Berg, Bariton / Marcus, Tenor / Laurenz Goldhaar, Tenor / 8 kleinere Partien, 1 Sprechrolle
Choir: SATB
Instrumentation details:
2·2·4·3 - 3·1·2·0 - timp., perc.(2), xyl. - bjo - str.
Scenery: 9
Remarks: Study score available at Musikproduktion Höflich:
Duration: 95′
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Der Sprung über den Schatten, op. 17

World Première

Location: Frankfurt am Main / Germany
Date: 1924

Work Introduction

The young Krenek was inspired by the proverb [approx. English equivalent: “A leopard cannot change its spots”] to create a drama which would prove the truth of the saying. Later on, he called the opera a “juvenile experiment” and thought that those who knew Jonny spielt auf [“Jonny Strikes Up”] would notice that Sprung was a preliminary study for it. In fact, there are noticeable traces of American popular music of the kind which, more prominently used, ensured that Jonny would be a worldwide success. For the most part, however, the score is comprised of atonal sections; it is also Krenek’s first attempt at writing a libretto.

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