Franz Schreker: Irrelohe

Franz Schreker Irrelohe
Irrelohe

Franz Schreker: Irrelohe

Year of composition:
1919-1922
Subtitle:
Opera in 3 acts
Composer:
Franz Schreker
Librettist:
Franz Schreker
Roles:
Graf Heinrich, tenorഀ Der Förster, bassഀ Eva, sopranoഀ Die alte Lola, altoഀ Peter, baritoneഀ Christobald, tenorഀ Der Pfarrer, bassbaritoneഀ Der Müller, bassഀ Fünkchen, tenorഀ Strahlbusch, baritoneഀ Ratzekahl, bassഀ Anselmus, bassbaritoneഀ Ein Lakai, tenor
Choir:
SATB
Instrumentation:
3 3 4 3 - 6 4 3 1 - timp(2–3), perc(9), hp(2), cel, cemb, guit, mand, str(16 14 12 10 8) - on stage: picc(2), cl(2), hn(6(3)), tpt(3), perc(5), org
Instrumentation details:
1st flute (+picc)
2nd flute (+picc)
3rd flute (+picc)
1st oboe
2nd oboe
cor anglais (+3rdob)
1st clarinet in A (+cl(Bb))
2nd clarinet in A (+cl(Bb))
3rd clarinet in A (+cl(Bb)
cl(Eb))
bass clarinet in Bb (+basset hn in F)
1st bassoon
2nd bassoon
contrabassoon
1st horn in F
2nd horn in F
3rd horn in F
4th horn in F
5th horn in F
6th horn in F
1st trumpet in C
2nd trumpet in C
3rd trumpet in C
4th trumpet in C
1st trombone
2nd trombone
3rd trombone
bass tuba
1st timpani
2nd timpani
3 high kettle drums
percussion(9)
1st harp
2nd harp
hpsd
celesta
guitars
mandolins
violin I(16)
violin II(14)
viola(12)
violoncello(10)
contrabass(8) - on stage: 1st piccolo
2nd piccolo
1st clarinet in A (+cl(Bb))
2nd clarinet in A (+cl(Bb))
1st horn in F
2nd horn in F
3rd horn in F
4th horn in F
5th horn in F
6th horn in F
1st trumpet in C
2nd trumpet in C
3rd trumpet in C
percussion(4)
bells
organ
Scenery:
4
Duration:
165’
Dedication:
Meiner lieben Frau Maria zugeeignet
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Irrelohe
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Work introduction

It is thanks to Vienna Volksoper director Rudolf Berger that first Austrian production of Franz Schreker's opera Irrelohe (premièred in Cologne in 1924) has been playing in Vienna since 16 October 2004 (dir.: Olivier Tambosi, c.: Dietfried Bernet). Schreker was among the most performed composers of his day. Banned by the Nazis, his music is now in the process of being rediscovered. And to rave reviews: ഀ

One could listen to these sounds until dizzy: opalescent, running into one another, seductive (Süddeutsche Zeitung, Gerhard Persché)

Illuminated sound-theatre … the music is of complex, abundantly dissonant and daring harmony, possessed of its own "grammar" between expressionism and the modern. (Salzburger Nachrichten, Heinz Rögl)

At last, Schreker! At last, "Irrelohe" … a wildly glowing elegy to expressionism which simultaneously throws the doors wide open to new territory (Wiener Zeitung, Edwin Baumgartner)

Special prints

Irrelohe

Franz Schreker: Irrelohe

score
, 165’
Cast: 3 3 4 3 - 6 4 3 1 - timp(2–3), perc(9), hp(2), cel, cemb, guit, mand, str(16 14 12 10 8) - on stage: picc(2), cl(2), hn(6(3)), tpt(3), perc(5), org

Irrelohe

Franz Schreker: Irrelohe

piano reduction
, 165’
Cast: 3 3 4 3 - 6 4 3 1 - timp(2–3), perc(9), hp(2), cel, cemb, guit, mand, str(16 14 12 10 8) - on stage: picc(2), cl(2), hn(6(3)), tpt(3), perc(5), org

Irrelohe

Franz Schreker: Irrelohe

piano reduction
, 165’
Cast: 3 3 4 3 - 6 4 3 1 - timp(2–3), perc(9), hp(2), cel, cemb, guit, mand, str(16 14 12 10 8) - on stage: picc(2), cl(2), hn(6(3)), tpt(3), perc(5), org

Irrelohe

Franz Schreker: Irrelohe

libretto
, 165’
Cast: 3 3 4 3 - 6 4 3 1 - timp(2–3), perc(9), hp(2), cel, cemb, guit, mand, str(16 14 12 10 8) - on stage: picc(2), cl(2), hn(6(3)), tpt(3), perc(5), org

Première

Location:
Köln
Date:
27.03.1924
Conductor:
Otto Klemperer

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