Karol Szymanowski: Hagith

Karol Szymanowski Hagith
Hagith

Karol Szymanowski: Hagith

Opus:
op. 25
Year of composition:
1911/1913
Subtitle:
Opera in 1 act
Composer:
Karol Szymanowski
Translator:
Stanislaw Baracz
Librettist:
Felix Dörmann
Writer of pre-existing text:
Felix Dörmann
Roles:
Der alte König, tenor Der junge König, tenor Hagith, soprano Der Hohepriester, bass Der Arzt, baritone Ein Diener, silent role
Choir:
SATB
Instrumentation:
4 4 5 4 - 6 4 4 1 - timp, perc(6), hp(2), cel, harm, org, str - behind the scene: tpt(4), tbn(4), timp, tr
Instrumentation details:
1st flute
2nd flute
3rd flute
4th flute (+picc)
1st oboe
2nd oboe
3rd oboe
cor anglais
1st clarinet in Bb
2nd clarinet in Bb
3rd clarinet in Bb
4th clarinet in Eb (+cl(A))
bass clarinet in Bb
1st bassoon
2nd bassoon
3rd 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
4th trombone
bass tuba
timpani
percussion(6)
1st harp
2nd harp
celesta
harmonium
organ
violin I
violin II
viola
violoncello
contrabass
1st trumpet in D (+music on stage)
2nd trumpet in D (+music on stage)
3rd trumpet in D (+music on stage)
4th trumpet in D (+music on stage)
1st trombone (+music on stage)
2nd trombone (+music on stage)
3rd trombone (+music on stage)
4th trombone (+music on stage)
timpani (+music on stage)
triangle (+music on stage)
Scenery:
1
Duration:
95’
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Work introduction

It was in 1912 that Karol Szymanowski made the first sketches of his one-act opera Hagith, a work dedicated to Prince Władysław Lubomirski, who supplied him with the libretto by his friend, Vienna-based writer Felix Dörmann. The score was ready in October 1913, yet the first performance did not take place until nine years later. On 13th May 1922 the opera, based on the Biblical story of King David (Old King) and the girl Abishag (Hagith), was performed at the Warsaw Grand Theatre, with Maria Mokrzycka, Ignacy Dygas and Stanisław Gruszczyński in solo parts and Emil Młynarski conducting.

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