Bohuslav Martinů: Die griechische Passion

Bohuslav Martinů Die griechische Passion
Die griechische Passion

Bohuslav Martinů: Die griechische Passion

Year of composition:
1957-1959
Version:
2nd version (Zürich version)
Composer:
Bohuslav Martinů
Translator:
Michel Ancey; Brian Large; Karl Heinz Füssl; Helmut Wagner
Librettist:
Bohuslav Martinů
Writer of pre-existing text:
Nikos Kazantzakis
Choir:
SATB - Knabenchor
Instrumentation details:
3·3·3·3 - 4·3·3·1 - timp., perc. - hp., pno., accordion - str.
Table of contents:
Die Griechische Passion - Oper in vier Akten
Scenery:
6
Duration:
107’
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Work introduction

Bohuslav Martinůs opera Die griechische Passion is based on the novel Der wieder gekreuzigte Christus (The re-crucified Christ) by Nikos Kazantzakis. The opera develops the Christian doctrine of “love thy neighbour” ad absurdum, as a group of refugees are driven out of their little Greek village just as the village is putting on a Passion play for Holy Week. The piece is centred on the general question of humanity. The Passion story is robbed of its uniqueness and revealed as a simple precedent for eternal tragedy.  ഀ

Martinů, who was forced to emigrate from the south of France to the USA in 1940 when Paris fell to the Nazis, had his own experience of the pain of being a refugee. The Greek Passion is considered one of his most coherent and mature scores. For this exciting and vigorous work, Martin developed a tonal language which combined his early musical experiences with elements of Greek folklore, Greek Orthodox liturgy and dance music. 

 

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Die griechische Passion

Bohuslav Martinů: Die griechische Passion

piano reduction
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Die griechische Passion

Bohuslav Martinů: Die griechische Passion

score
, 107’

Die griechische Passion

Bohuslav Martinů: Die griechische Passion

score
, 107’

Next performances

16 Oct

Die griechische Passion

Moravské divadlo Olomouc, Olomouc (CZ)

Première

Location:
Zürich
Date:
09.06.1961

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