Gottfried von Einem: Dantons Tod

Gottfried von Einem Dantons Tod
Dantons Tod

Gottfried von Einem: Dantons Tod

Year of composition:
1944/1946
Subtitle:
Opera in two acts
Composer:
Gottfried von Einem
Translator:
Giulio Cogni
Librettist:
Boris Blacher; Gottfried von Einem
Writer of pre-existing text:
Georg Büchner
Choir:
SATB
Instrumentation:
4 2 2 2 - 4 3 3 1 - timp, perc, str
Instrumentation details:
1st flute
1st flute
2nd flute
3rd flute (+picc)
1st oboe
2nd oboe
1st clarinet in Bb (+cl(A))
2nd clarinet in Bb (+cl(A))
1st bassoon
2nd bassoon
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
timpani
percussion
violin I
violin II
viola
violoncello
double bass
Duration:
135’
Dedication:
Boris Blacher gewidmet
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Work introduction

In 1939, at the age of 21, Gottfried von Einem came across the first play written by 22-year-old Georg Büchner – and was overwhelmed. The result of this encounter, Dantons Tod, was the first opera by a living composer to be premiered at the Salzburg Festival (1947). Unlike in Büchner’s play, the people – the revolution – play one of the leading roles and the chorus scenes are among the most effective that were composed by Von Einem in his basically tonal score. The work has maintained its important role in the opera repertoire to this day.

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Next performances

20 Jan

Dantons Tod

Theater Magdeburg, Magdeburg (DE)

27 Jan

Dantons Tod

Theater Magdeburg, Magdeburg (DE)

11 Feb

Dantons Tod

Theater Magdeburg, Magdeburg (DE)

24 Feb

Dantons Tod

Theater Magdeburg, Magdeburg (DE)

02 Mar

Dantons Tod

Theater Magdeburg, Magdeburg (DE)

World première

Location:
Salzburg
Date:
06.08.1947
Conductor:
Ferencs Fricsay

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