Frank Martin: The Tempest

Frank Martin The Tempest
The Tempest

Frank Martin: The Tempest

Year of composition:
1952/1955
Version:
First version
Composer:
Frank Martin
Text author:
William Shakespeare
Translator:
A.W. von Schlegel; Pauline Martin
Choir:
TB, gemischter Kammerchor hinter der Szene
Instrumentation:
3 3 3 3 - 4 3 3 1 - windmascine, flute stage music, 1. horn stage music, 2. horn stage music, trumpet in C stage music, Jazz-percussion stage music, Violine I stage music, Violine II stage music, Viola stage music, Violoncello stage music, doublebass stag
Instrumentation details:
1st flute
2nd flute
3rd piccolo
1st oboe
2nd oboe
cor anglais
1st clarinet
2nd clarinet
bass clarinet
tenor saxophone in Bb
1st bassoon
2nd bassoon
contrabassoon
1st horn in F in D
2nd horn in F in D
3rd horn in F
4th horn in F
1st trumpet in C
2nd trumpet in C
3rd trumpet in C
1st trombone
2nd trombone
3rd trombone
tuba
1st timpani
2nd timpani
windmashine
percussion(4)
celesta
harp
piano
violin I
violin II
viola
violoncello
double bass, flute stage music, 1. horn stage music, 2. horn stage music, trumpet in C stage music, Jazz-percussion stage music, Violine I stage music, Violine II stage music, Viola stage music, Violoncello stage music, doublebass stage music (the wind/brass instr. can be played by orchestra musicians)
Scenery:
5
Duration:
150’
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Work introduction

Der Sturm (“The Tempest”) is a magical comedy numbering among Martin’s most important and creative compositions. He worked on it for three years before it premiered in 1956 at the Vienna State Opera (with Eberhard Wächter, Anton Dermota and Christa Ludwig in the main roles). Martin was a great admirer of the literary quality of August Wilhelm von Schlegel’s bold yet faithful German translation of Shakespeare, which became the libretto for his Sturm.

There are two versions of The Tempest. The original one has the figure of Ariel choreographed whereas the text is sung from behind the wings by a chorus. Frank Martin then decided to entrust the dancer with the text which has to be spoken in keeping with the music - in other words, one needs a dancer with exceptional musical talents.

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The Tempest

Frank Martin: The Tempest

piano reduction
, 150’
Instr.: 3 3 3 3 - 4 3 3 1 - windmascine, flute stage music, 1. horn stage music, 2. horn stage music, trumpet in C stage music, Jazz-percussion stage music, Violine I stage music, Violine II stage music, Viola stage music, Violoncello stage music, doublebass stag

World première

Location:
Wiener Staatsoper, Wien (AT)
Date:
17.06.1956
Conductor:
Ernest Ansermet

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