Universal Edition - Ernst Krenek – The Secret Kingdom

Ernst Krenek
The Secret Kingdom

Opus: op. 50
Year of composition: 1926-1927
Subtitle: Märchenoper in 1 Akt
Composer: Ernst Krenek
Librettist: Ernst Krenek
Parts: Der König, Bariton
Die Königin, Koloratursopran
Der Narr, Bariton
Der Rebell, Tenor
Die drei singenden Damen: Sopran, Mezzosopran, Alt
Erster Revolutionär, Tenorbuffo
Zweiter Revolutionär, Baßbuffo
Ein Wächter, Tenor
Choir: SATB
Instrumentation details:
2 2 2 2 - 1 1 1 0 - timp, perc, str - on stage: perc, bjo or mandolin
Scenery: 2
Remarks: Study score available at Musikproduktion Höflich:
Duration: 55′
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Das geheime Königreich, op. 50

World Première

Location: Wiesbaden / Germany
Date: 1928

Work Introduction

Shortly after he completed his tragic opera Der Diktator, Ernst Krenek started work on another one-act opera whose subtitle (Märchenoper – fairy tale opera) already suggests that it is set in an entirely different world, with regard to both the message and the music. Today, Das geheime Königreich would probably be described as a “green” work: it proclaims the advantages of life away from power, away from towns, away from civilisation – amidst nature, the secret kingdom where the tortured ruler in Krenek’s libretto finally finds peace.

Libretto – Das geheime Königreich

  • Edition type: libretto
  • UE9477
  • ISBN: 978-3-7024-3341-3
  • ISMN: 979-0-008-07875-0
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Libretto – Three One Act Operas - Der Diktator, Das geheime Königreich, Schwergewicht

  • Edition type: libretto
  • UE9535
  • ISBN: 978-3-7024-2196-0
  • ISMN: 979-0-008-06945-1
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