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Universal Edition - Friedrich Cerha – Baal

Friedrich Cerha

Friedrich Cerha
Baal

Year of composition: 1974-1980
Subtitle: Bühnenwerk in 2 Teilen
Version: reduced version
Composer: Friedrich Cerha
Text Source: 4 versions of "Baal"
Librettist: Friedrich Cerha
Parts: Baal, baritone
Ekart, bass
Johannes, tenor
Emilie, mezzo-soprano
Johanna, soprano
Sophie, soprano
several small parts: soprano, alto, 2 tenors, 2 baritones, basses, 2 speaking parts
Instrumentation: 2 3 3 3 - 4 3 4 1, timp, perc(4), hp, acc, e.org, sax(2), guit, str(10 8 6 6 4); stage music on tape
Instrumentation details:

Scenery: 25 Bilder (teilweise gleiche Dekorationen)
Duration: 195′
 
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World Première

Location: Wien / Austria
Date: 29.09.2011
Orchestra: Amadeus Ensemble-Wien
Conductor: Walter Kobéra
Scenery: Leo Krischke
Main Soloists: Sébastien Soulès, Baal; Elisabeth Lang, Manuela Leonhartsberger, Belinda Loukota, Ulla Pilz, Katharina Tschakert, Dieter Kschwendt-Michel, Gernot Heinrich, Stephan Rehm, Oliver Ringelhahn, Michael Schwendinger, Daniel Serafin, Michael Wagner, Harald Wurms
Remarks: venue: Expedithalle

Work Introduction

Baal’s actual impulsion is the vital, ineradicable human longing for happiness, the search “for the land where living is better,” as he sings in his final song. He is seeking it here because he is “dependent on the terrestrial,” where he encounters limits of all kinds.

My choice of tools increasingly determines what I want to achieve. An alienating stylisation, detachment from the exposition of events, juxtaposition of levels ( … ) are the wrong tools here. What I want can only be attained by hints or clues of affinity. There can be no question of making Baal likeable, endearing – he will remain “unloved,” but he must also be “lovable” – accessible, in a way that makes the audience become part of what interests me – and the music, I hope, will help.

Friedrich Cerha

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