Rolf Liebermann: Die Schule der Frauen

Rolf Liebermann Die Schule der Frauen
Die Schule der Frauen

Rolf Liebermann: Die Schule der Frauen

Year of composition:
1954/1955
Subtitle:
Opera buffa in 3 acts
Version:
extended version
Composer:
Rolf Liebermann
Arranger:
Heinrich Strobel (1957)
Translator:
Elisabeth Montagu (06.06.1955); Hans Weigel (14.10.1955); Pierre Angel (29.12.1972)
Librettist:
Heinrich Strobel
Writer of pre-existing text:
Molière
Roles:
Poquelin, baritone Arnolphe, bass-baritone Agnes, coloratura soprano (Soubrette) Horace, tenor Georgette, alto Oronte, bass
Instrumentation:
1 1 1 1 - 2 1 1 0 - timp, perc, hpsd, str - in the auditorium (ad lib.): 0 0 2 1 - 2 1 1 1 - behind the scene: hn
Instrumentation details:
1·1·1·1 - 2·1·1·0 - timp., perc. - hpsd. - str. - im auditorium (ad libitum): 0·0·2·1 - 2·1·1·1 - behind the scene: horn
Scenery:
1
Duration:
90’
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Work introduction

The storyline of Rolf Liebermann’s the 3-act opera buffa Die Schule der Frauen (1954–55), based on a libretto by Heinrich Strobel, was inspired by the French theatrical comedy L’école des femmes by Molière. Molière himself (alias Poquelin) directs the action in this comedy, commenting on the modern staging of his creation, intervening where necessary and even slipping into the role of a minor character. Liebermann’s music has an astonishing vitality and fusion of baroque motor rhythms and counterpoint, of expansive late-romantic melodiousness and harmony interwoven with dodecaphony.

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World première

Location:
Salzburg
Date:
17.08.1957
Orchestra:
Wiener Philharmoniker
Conductor:
George Szell

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