Friedrich Cerha: Baal

Friedrich Cerha Baal
Baal

Friedrich Cerha: Baal

Year of composition:
1974-1980
Subtitle:
Bühnenwerk in 2 Teilen
Version:
reduced version
Composer:
Friedrich Cerha
Librettist:
Friedrich Cerha
Writer of pre-existing text:
Bertolt Brecht
Roles:
Baal, baritone Ekart, bass Johannes, tenor Emilie, mezzo-soprano Johanna, soprano Sophie, soprano several small parts: soprano, alto, 2 tenors, 2 baritones, basses, 2 speaking parts
Instrumentation:
2 3 3 3 - 4 3 4 1, timp, perc(4), hp, acc, e.org, sax(2), guit, str(10 8 6 6 4); stage music on tape
Instrumentation details:
flute(2) (+picc)
oboe(3) (+c.a)
clarinet in A(3) (+bass cl(Bb)
cl(Eb))
saxophone(2)
bassoon(2)
Scenery:
25 Bilder (teilweise gleiche Dekorationen)
Duration:
195’
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Work introduction

Baal’s actual impulsion is the vital, ineradicable human longing for happiness, the search “for the land where living is better,” as he sings in his final song. He is seeking it here because he is “dependent on the terrestrial,” where he encounters limits of all kinds.

My choice of tools increasingly determines what I want to achieve. An alienating stylisation, detachment from the exposition of events, juxtaposition of levels ( … ) are the wrong tools here. What I want can only be attained by hints or clues of affinity. There can be no question of making Baal likeable, endearing – he will remain “unloved,” but he must also be “lovable” – accessible, in a way that makes the audience become part of what interests me – and the music, I hope, will help.

Friedrich Cerha

World première

Location:
Wien
Date:
29.09.2011
Orchestra:
Amadeus Ensemble-Wien
Conductor:
Walter Kobéra

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