Ernst Krenek: Leben des Orest

Ernst Krenek Leben des Orest
Leben des Orest

Ernst Krenek: Leben des Orest

Opus:
op. 60
Year of composition:
1928-1929
Subtitle:
Great opera in 5 acts
Composer:
Ernst Krenek
Librettist:
Ernst Krenek (21.11.1929)
Choir:
SATB
Instrumentation:
2 2 4 2 - 2 3 2 1 - timp, perc(3), harm, pno, bjo, str - behind the stage: tpt(3)
Instrumentation details:
1st flute
2nd flute (+picc)
1st oboe
2nd oboe
clarinet in Eb
1st clarinet in Bb
2nd clarinet in Bb
3rd clarinet in Bb (+bass cl(Bb))
1st bassoon
2nd bassoon
1st horn in F
2nd horn in F
1st trumpet in C
2nd trumpet in C
3rd trumpet in C
1st trombone
2nd trombone
bass tuba
timpani
percussion(3)
harmonium
piano
bjo
violin I
violin II
viola
violoncello
contrabass - cont.aind the stage: 1st trumpet
2nd trumpet
3rd trumpet
Scenery:
8
Duration:
120’
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Work introduction

A trend toward returning to Greek mythology was in the air at time this opera was written. In his autobiography, Krenek points out similarly-based works by Stravinsky, Milhaud and Cocteau, all of which inspired him. He chose jazz – the lingua franca of the 1920s – as the musical idiom in order to give a timeless character to his classical material, so that “the ancient story still reveals eternal problems of the human heart, but expressed in our modern terms.”

Special prints

Leben des Orest

Ernst Krenek: Leben des Orest

piano reduction
, 120’
Instr.: 2 2 4 2 - 2 3 2 1 - timp, perc(3), harm, pno, bjo, str - behind the stage: tpt(3)

World première

Location:
Leipzig
Date:
19.01.1930
Conductor:
Gustav Brecher

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