Franz Schreker: Der Schmied von Gent

Franz Schreker Der Schmied von Gent
Der Schmied von Gent

Franz Schreker: Der Schmied von Gent

Year of composition:
1929-1932
Subtitle:
Grand magic opera in 3 acts
Composer:
Franz Schreker
Librettist:
Franz Schreker
Writer of pre-existing text:
Charles Théodore Henri de Coster
Roles:
Smee, bassbaritone Seine Frau, alto Flipke, tenor Slimbroek,tenor Erster Adeliger, tenor Zweiter Adeliger, baritone Dritter Adeliger, bass Ein Bürger, bass Ein Knappe, tenor Luzifer Astarte, soprano Herzog Alba, bass Der Henker Jakob Hessels, tenor Ein Bü
Choir:
SATB, Kinderchor
Instrumentation:
3 3 3 3 - 4 4 3 1 - timp, perc(7), hp(2), cel, harm, pno, alto sax(Eb), str
Instrumentation details:
1st flute (+fl)
2nd flute (+picc)
3rd flute (+picc)
1st oboe
2nd oboe
3rd oboe (+c.a)
1st clarinet in Bb (+cl(A)
cl(Eb))
2nd clarinet in Bb (+cl(A)
cl(Eb))
bass clarinet in Bb
alto saxophone in Eb (+t.sax(Bb))
1st bassoon
2nd bassoon
3rd bassoon (+cbsn)
1st horn in F
2nd horn in F
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
bass tuba (+cb.tuba)
timpani
percussion(7)
1st harp
2nd harp
celesta
piano
violin I
violin II
viola
violoncello
contrabass
incidental music: 3 natural trumpet in C (on and offstage)
harmonium (+org (ad lib.) off stage)
Scenery:
9
Duration:
135’
Dedication:
Meiner geliebten Frau
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Work introduction

In his last opera, Der Schmied von Gent, Franz Schreker aimed to create a folk opera – not an easy task, given his chosen medium of highly developed German post-impressionism. Schreker continued in this piece along the path of simplification which he had started with the Singender Teufel. His last opera contains song and dance forms: there is a folksy feel to blacksmith songs, parodies and children's songs; pious songs of legends mix with baroque splendour. The opera is based on a Flemish folk tale: the story of the clever blacksmith who signs a pact with the devil, but with the help of St Joseph escapes from hell and, following various adventures, gets into heaven in the end. A lighthearted fantasy, populated with the dead and the living, the burghers of Ghent, spectres from hell and the heavenly hosts, which shows the path from life on earth to the radiance of paradise.

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Der Schmied von Gent

Franz Schreker: Der Schmied von Gent

piano reduction
, 135’
Instr.: 3 3 3 3 - 4 4 3 1 - timp, perc(7), hp(2), cel, harm, pno, alto sax(Eb), str

World première

Location:
Berlin
Date:
29.10.1932
Conductor:
Paul Breisach

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