Luigi Dallapiccola: Volo di notte

Luigi Dallapiccola Volo di notte
Volo di notte

Luigi Dallapiccola: Volo di notte

Year of composition:
1937-1939
Subtitle:
Opera in 1 act
Composer:
Luigi Dallapiccola
Original language:
Italian
Translator:
Wilhelm Reinking; Eric Smith; Jaques Bourgeois (08.02.1960); Karlheinz Gutheim
Writer of pre-existing text:
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Piano reduction:
Riccardo Nielsen
Roles:
Rivière, bass baritone Robineau, bass Pellerin, tenor Radiotelegrapher, tenor Leroux, bass Four employees: 2 tenors, baritone, bass Mrs Fabien, soprano Voice behind the scene, soprano
Choir:
SATB
Instrumentation:
4 3 4 3 - 4 4 3 1 - timp, perc(4), xyl, hp(2), cel, pno, alto sax, t.sax, str - on stage: 0 0 2 0 - 0 2 1 0 - perc(2), vib, pno, sop.sax(Bb), alto sax(Eb), t.sax(Bb), vln(3), cb(2)
Instrumentation details:
piccolo
1st flute
2nd flute
3rd flute (+picc)
1st oboe
2nd oboe
cor anglais
1st clarinet in Bb
2nd clarinet in Bb
3rd clarinet in Bb
bass clarinet in Bb
alto saxophone in Eb
tenor saxophone in Bb
1st bassoon
2nd bassoon
contrabassoon
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
4th trumpet in C
1st trombone
2nd trombone
3rd trombone
tuba
timpani
percussion(4)
xylophone
1st harp
2nd harp
celesta
piano
violin I
violin II
viola
violoncello
contrabass
on stage: 1st clarinet in Bb
2nd clarinet in Bb
soprano saxophone in Bb
alto saxophone in Eb
tenor saxophone in Bb
1st trumpet in C
2nd trumpet in C
trombone
percussion(2)
vibraphone (+xyl)
piano
1st violin
2nd violin
3rd violin
1st contrabass
2nd contrabass
Scenery:
1
Duration:
60’
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Work introduction


Luigi Dallapiccola wrote his own libretto for his early one-act opera Volo di notte, based on the novel Vol de nuit [“Night Flight”] by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Although it is a twelve-tone work, Dallapiccola used the technique somewhat loosely.

The piece is set in a South American airport in the 1930s. Rivière, the airport’s manager, having only one thing in mind – profit – decides to keep the airport open for all-night operation, dispatching his pilots without hesitation for night flights, even in the worst weather conditions. Protestations from a pilot’s wife and his employees only reinforce his ambitions – and his deranged greed soon claims its first victim; without ado, he sends a courier on an overnight flight to Europe; he is determined that nothing will stop him from reaping profits from his plan.

 

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