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Universal Edition - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Die Entführung aus dem Serail

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Die Entführung aus dem Serail

Works Index: KV 384
Year of composition: 1782
Year of arrangement: 2013
Version: version for children
Scored for: for solos and ensemble
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Arranger: Alexander Krampe
Text Author: Johann Gottlieb Stephanie
Text Editor: Johannes Schmid
Original Language: Deutsch
Parts: Blonde, Sopran
Konstanze, Sopran
Belmonte, Tenor
Pedrillo, Tenor
Bassa Selim, Bariton
Osmin, Bass
Choir: von den Musikern gesungen
Instrumentation details:
flute (+picc)
clarinet in Bb (+cl(A)
cl(Eb))
bassoon
accordion
percussion
1st violin
2nd violin
viola
violoncello
double bass
Duration: 65′
 
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World Première

Location: Aula der Universität Salzburg / Austria
Date: 27.07.2013
Orchestra: salzburg orchester solisten
Conductor: Ben Gernon
Scenery: Johannes Schmid
Main Soloists: Peter Kellner/Christoph Seidl, Osmin; Estelle Poscio/Theresa Dittmar, Blondchen; Aco Biscevic/Aaron Sheppard, Pedrillo; Iurii Samoilov/Iain MacNeil, Selim; Johannes Dunz/Gitai Fisher, Belmonte; Kiandra Howarth/Siobhan Stagg, Konstanze
Remarks: performers: Solisten des Young Singers Project

Work Introduction

65 minutes for an operatic version of a work which, in its original, lasts more than three hours – and yet, after hearing this “little abduction”, the impression is that nothing essential was missing. And there is more: Pasha Selim is a speaking role in the original, but here he sings in a fine baritone to express his “sadness” in a duet with Konstanze – and, toward the end, when he sends Konstanze on her journey home, he takes up the perfectly fitting Lied der Trennung (original title, KV 519) [Song of Parting] to show that he will never forget her.

But what has been happening until then?

Konstanze, Belmonte, Blonde and Pedrillo were on a sailing trip when they encountered a storm, where all of them except Belmonte went overboard and were washed up onto an island. Osmin finds the stranded people and has them brought to Pasha Selim’s island palace. Later on, Belmonte also arrives on the island; he forges a plan with Pedrillo for them all to flee, since the elegant Pasha has fallen in love with Konstanze, gruff Osmin is enamored of Blonde, and both men want to keep their heartthrobs with them.

The attempt to flee fails; everything is discovered, yet Pasha bears no resentment – he allows the four seafarers to travel back to their homeland.

Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio tells the story of freedom and cherished friendship of these foreigners in exotic circumstances. This compact version uses a 10-piece instrumental ensemble, lively, temperamental and full of surprising twists and turns.

Alexander Krampe

Translated by Grant Chorley

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Die Entführung aus dem Serail
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