Universal Edition - Walter Braunfels – Don Gil von den grünen Hosen

Walter Braunfels

Walter Braunfels
Don Gil von den grünen Hosen

Opus: op. 35
Year of composition: 1921-1923
Subtitle: Musikalische Komödie in 3 Aufzügen
Composer: Walter Braunfels
Text Editor: Walter Braunfels
Parts: Don Pedro, bass
Dona Ines, soprano
Don Manuel de Guzman (Don Gil), tenor
Dona Juana, soprano
Dona Clara, alto
Don Rodriguez, baritone
Don Curzio, tenor
Caramanchell, baritone
Quintana, baritone
Knaben, Sänger, Volk
Choir: SATB
Instrumentation: 2 3 2 2 - 4 2 1 0 - timp, perc, hp, hpsd ad lib, mand, guit, bagpipe, str; stage music: fl(2), cl, bagpipe, cast, hp, hpsd, mand, guit, vln(2), vla(2), vc
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Scenery: 6
Remarks: Study score available at Musikproduktion Höflich:
Duration: 180′
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World Première

Location: Nationaltheater München / Germany
Date: 15.11.1924
Conductor: Hans Knappertsbusch

Work Introduction

The success of The Birds and of the Te Deum inspired Braunfels to embark upon another large-scale composition, the opera Don Gil of the Green Trousers. The libretto is based on a comedy by Tirso de Molina in the German translation by August L. Mayer and Johannes von Guenther which was published in Munich in 1918.

Several of de Molina’s plays focus on intelligent and clever women who put their fickle men to shame, induce them to repent and return home. In Don Gil it is Dona Juana who exposes her unfaithful fiancé in a rather turbulent plot which culminates in four figures dressed in green trousers confronting one another, not knowing who is hidden behind their masks.

The first (concert) performance after 1945 took place in Munich in 2007, with David Stahl conducting the ensemble of the Gärtnerplatztheater.

piano reduction - Don Gil von den grünen Hosen

Don Gil von den grünen Hosen
  • Edition type: piano reduction

piano reduction - Don Gil von den grünen Hosen

Don Gil von den grünen Hosen
  • Edition type: piano reduction

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