Dmitri Schostakowitsch: Die Nase

Dmitri Schostakowitsch Die Nase
Die Nase

Dmitri Schostakowitsch: Die Nase

Opus:
op. 15
Year of composition:
1927/1928
Subtitle:
Opera in 3 acts and 1 epilogue
Composer:
Dmitri Schostakowitsch
Translator:
Helmut Wagner (1970); Karl Heinz Füssl (1970); Michel Ancey (03.10.1979); Fedele D´Amico (14.03.1963); Merle Puffer (22.07.1965); Edward Downes (28.03.1979)
Librettist:
Dmitri Schostakowitsch
Writer of pre-existing text:
Nikolai W. Gogol
Piano reduction:
Karl Götz (1970)
Roles:
Platon Kusmitsch Kowaljoff: baritone Iwan Jakowlewitsch: bass baritone Ein Wachtmeister: very high tenor Iwan: tenor The nose in the form of a state council: tenor Alexandra Grigorjewna Podtotschina: mezzo-soprano their daughters: sopranos 3 little roles
Choir:
SATB
Instrumentation:
1 1 1 1 - 1 1 1 0 - Balalaika, Kleine Domra, Kleine Domra, Alt-Domra, Alt-Domra, 1. Teil d. Part (frz.), 2. Teil d. Part (frz.), perc(9), hp(2), pno, str(18 16 14 12 10)
Instrumentation details:
flute (+piccolo, Afl.(G))
oboe (+c.a.)
clarinet in B (+Eb- and bass cl.)
bassoon (+cbsn.)
horn in F
trumpet in B (+Kornett)
trombone
1. harp
2. harp
pno
Balalaika(4) (altosrnativ: 1. small Domra
2. small Domra
1. alto-Domra
2. alto-Domra)
perc(9)
violin I(9)
violin II(8)
viola(7)
violoncello(6)
contrabass(5)
Table of contents:
Die Nase
Scenery:
9
Duration:
105’
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Work introduction

With his first opera The Nose, youngblood Shostakovich produced a work typical of the Roaring Twenties, shortly after Krenek’s Jonny spielt auf and almost simultaneously with Weill’s Threepenny Opera. Inspired by Gogol’s sardonically absurd, socially critical story, Shostakovich composed spirited, lighthearted music in 16 short, consecutive scenes. Yet all of its various styles – circus music, galopp, polka, Russian Orthodox melody, folk tunes (there are four balalaikas in the orchestra) – became material for an annihilating critique of Russian society, still hierarchical and obsessed with authoritarianism 70 years after Gogol’s death.

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Die Nase

Dmitri Schostakowitsch: Die Nase

piano reduction
, 105’
Instr.: 1 1 1 1 - 1 1 1 0 - Balalaika, Kleine Domra, Kleine Domra, Alt-Domra, Alt-Domra, 1. Teil d. Part (frz.), 2. Teil d. Part (frz.), perc(9), hp(2), pno, str(18 16 14 12 10)

World première

Location:
Leningrad
Date:
18.01.1930
Conductor:
Samuel Samossud

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