Friedrich Cerha: Baal-Gesänge

Friedrich Cerha Baal-Gesänge
Baal-Gesänge

Friedrich Cerha: Baal-Gesänge

Year of composition:
1981
Scored for:
for baritone and orchestra
Composer:
Friedrich Cerha
Text author:
Bertolt Brecht
Soloists:
baritone
Instrumentation:
2 3 2 3 - 4 3 4 1 - timp, perc(6), hp, acc, e.org, sax(2), guit, str
Instrumentation details:
1st flute (+picc)
2nd flute (+picc)
1st. oboe
2nd oboe
cor anglais
1st clarinet in A
2nd clarinet in A (+cl(Eb))
3rd clarinet in A (+bass cl(Bb))
soprano saxophone in Bb (+alto sax(Eb))
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 (+flhn)
2th trumpet in C
3rd trumpet in C
1st trombone (+t.hn(Bb))
2nd trombone
3rd trombone
4th trombone
tuba
timpani
1st percussion (2 players)
2nd percussion (1 player)
3rd percussion (1 player)
4th percussion (2 players)
harp
guitar
accordion
electric organ
violin I
violin II
viola
violoncello
contrabass
Duration:
52’
Dedication:
Für Theo Adam, den ersten Baal, in Bewunderung und Dankbarkeit.
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Première

Location:
Hamburg
Date:
22.01.1982
Orchestra:
NDR SO
Conductor:
Friedrich Cerha

Press reviews

“ … the first performance of his Baal-Gesänge (by no means a digest of the Brecht opera) was a stirring event which, with the additional Baal texts and the tremendous intermezzi, was one of the most significant cycles attempted since Mahler’s Lied von der Erde. True to Brecht’s mantra that one must take a couple of steps back if one wishes to make a great leap forward, Cerha is a leopard who has again changed its spots …”

Die Welt, 22 January 1982

Translated by Grant Chorley

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