Ernst Krenek: The Secret Kingdom

Ernst Krenek The Secret Kingdom
The Secret Kingdom

Ernst Krenek: The Secret Kingdom

Opus:
op. 50
Year of composition:
1926-1927
Composer:
Ernst Krenek
Librettist:
Ernst Krenek (30.12.1927)
Choir:
SATB
Instrumentation details:
2 2 2 2 - 1 1 1 0 - timp, perc, str - on stage: perc, bjo or mandolin
Scenery:
2
Remarks:
Study score available at Musikproduktion Höflich: www.musikmph.de
Duration:
55’
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Work introduction

Shortly after he completed his tragic opera Der Diktator, Ernst Krenek started work on another one-act opera whose subtitle (Märchenoper – fairy tale opera) already suggests that it is set in an entirely different world, with regard to both the message and the music. Today, Das geheime Königreich would probably be described as a “green” work: it proclaims the advantages of life away from power, away from towns, away from civilisation – amidst nature, the secret kingdom where the tortured ruler in Krenek’s libretto finally finds peace.

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