Universal Edition - Gottfried von Einem – Dantons Tod

Gottfried von Einem

Gottfried von Einem
Dantons Tod

Year of composition: 1944/1946
Subtitle: Opera in two acts
Composer: Gottfried von Einem
Text Source: based on ‘Dantons Tod’ von Georg Büchner
Librettist: Boris Blacher; Gottfried von Einem
Translator: Giulio Cogni
Parts: Georges Danton, Bariton
Camille Desmoulins, Tenor
Herault de Séchelles, Tenor
Robespierre, Tenor
Saint-Just, Bass
Herrmann, Bariton
Simon, Bassbuffo
Ein junger Mensch, Chortenor
1. Henker, Chortenor
2. Henker, Chorbass
Julie, Mezzosopran
Lucile, Sopran
Eine Dame, Sopran
Ein Weib, Alt
Choir: SATB
Instrumentation: 4 2 2 2 - 4 3 3 1 - timp, perc, str
Instrumentation details:
1st flute
1st flute
2nd flute
3rd flute (+picc)
1st oboe
2nd oboe
1st clarinet in Bb (+cl(A))
2nd clarinet in Bb (+cl(A))
1st bassoon
2nd bassoon
1st horn in F
2nd horn in F
3rd horn in F
4th horn in F
1st trumpet in C
2nd trumpet in C
3rd trumpet in C
1st trombone
2nd trombone
3rd trombone
bass tuba
violin I
violin II
double bass
Duration: 135′
Dedication: Boris Blacher gewidmet
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Dantons Tod

World Première

Location: Salzburg / Austria
Date: 06.08.1947
Conductor: Ferencs Fricsay

Work Introduction

In 1939, at the age of 21, Gottfried von Einem came across the first play written by 22-year-old Georg Büchner – and was overwhelmed. The result of this encounter, Dantons Tod, was the first opera by a living composer to be premiered at the Salzburg Festival (1947). Unlike in Büchner’s play, the people – the revolution – play one of the leading roles and the chorus scenes are among the most effective that were composed by Von Einem in his basically tonal score. The work has maintained its important role in the opera repertoire to this day.

Piano reduction – Dantons Tod (Dantons Death)

  • Edition type: piano reduction
  • UE11694
  • ISBN: 978-3-7024-3947-7
  • ISMN: 979-0-008-01642-4
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Libretto – Dantons Tod (Dantons Death)

  • Edition type: libretto
  • Edition info: On texts by Georg Büchner
  • Language: French
  • UE11695
  • ISBN: 978-3-7024-2203-5
  • ISMN: 979-0-008-06974-1
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Study score – Dantons Tod (Dantons Death)

  • Edition type: study score
  • UE13197
  • ISBN: 978-3-7024-4184-5
  • ISMN: 979-0-008-02413-9
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