Universal Edition - Ernst Krenek – Leben des Orest

Ernst Krenek
Leben des Orest

Opus: op. 60
Year of composition: 1928-1929
Subtitle: Great opera in 5 acts
Composer: Ernst Krenek
Librettist: Ernst Krenek
Parts: Agamemnon, Tenor
Klytämnestra, Alt
Elektra, Sopran
Iphigenie, Mezzosopran
Orest, Bariton
Aegisth, Tenor
Anastasia, Alt
Aristobulos, Bariton
Ein Ausrufer, Bariton
Ein Hirt, Bariton
Thoas, Bariton
Thamar, Sopran
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Choir: SATB
Instrumentation: 2 2 4 2 - 2 3 2 1 - timp, perc(3), harm, pno, bjo, str - behind the stage: tpt(3)
Instrumentation details:
1st flute
2nd flute (+picc)
1st oboe
2nd oboe
clarinet in Eb
1st clarinet in Bb
2nd clarinet in Bb
3rd clarinet in Bb (+bass cl(Bb))
1st bassoon
2nd bassoon
1st horn in F
2nd horn in F
1st trumpet in C
2nd trumpet in C
3rd trumpet in C
1st trombone
2nd trombone
bass tuba
violin I
violin II
contrabass - cont.aind the stage: 1st trumpet
2nd trumpet
3rd trumpet
Scenery: 8
Duration: 120′
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World Première

Location: Neues Theater Leipzig Leipzig / Germany
Date: 19.01.1930
Conductor: Gustav Brecher

Work Introduction

A trend toward returning to Greek mythology was in the air at time this opera was written. In his autobiography, Krenek points out similarly-based works by Stravinsky, Milhaud and Cocteau, all of which inspired him. He chose jazz – the lingua franca of the 1920s – as the musical idiom in order to give a timeless character to his classical material, so that “the ancient story still reveals eternal problems of the human heart, but expressed in our modern terms.”

piano reduction - Leben des Orest

Leben des Orest
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