Walter Braunfels: Don Gil von den grünen Hosen

Walter Braunfels Don Gil von den grünen Hosen
Don Gil von den grünen Hosen

Walter Braunfels: Don Gil von den grünen Hosen

Opus:
op. 35
Year of composition:
1921-1923
Subtitle:
Musikalische Komödie in 3 Aufzügen
Composer:
Walter Braunfels
Text adapter:
Walter Braunfels
Writer of pre-existing text:
Tirso de Molina
Roles:
Don Pedro, bass Dona Ines, soprano Don Manuel de Guzman (Don Gil), tenor Dona Juana, soprano Dona Clara, alto Don Rodriguez, baritone Don Curzio, tenor Caramanchell, baritone Quintana, baritone Knaben, Sänger, Volk
Choir:
SATB
Instrumentation:
2 3 2 2 - 4 2 1 0 - timp, perc, hp, hpsd ad lib, mand, guit, bagpipe, str; stage music: fl(2), cl, bagpipe, cast, hp, hpsd, mand, guit, vln(2), vla(2), vc
Instrumentation details:
flute(2)
cor anglais
clarinet(2)
bassoon(2)
horn(4)
trumpet(2)
trombone
timpani
percussion
harp
harpsichoird
mandolin
guitar
bagpipe
on the stage: flute(2)
clarinet
bagpipe
castanets
harp
harpsichoird
mandolin
guitar
violin(2)
viola(2)
violoncello
Scenery:
6
Remarks:
Study score available at Musikproduktion Höflich: www.musikmph.de
Duration:
180’
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Work introduction

The success of The Birds and of the Te Deum inspired Braunfels to embark upon another large-scale composition, the opera Don Gil of the Green Trousers. The libretto is based on a comedy by Tirso de Molina in the German translation by August L. Mayer and Johannes von Guenther which was published in Munich in 1918.

Several of de Molina’s plays focus on intelligent and clever women who put their fickle men to shame, induce them to repent and return home. In Don Gil it is Dona Juana who exposes her unfaithful fiancé in a rather turbulent plot which culminates in four figures dressed in green trousers confronting one another, not knowing who is hidden behind their masks.

The first (concert) performance after 1945 took place in Munich in 2007, with David Stahl conducting the ensemble of the Gärtnerplatztheater.

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Don Gil von den grünen Hosen

Walter Braunfels: Don Gil von den grünen Hosen

piano reduction
, 180’
Instr.: 2 3 2 2 - 4 2 1 0 - timp, perc, hp, hpsd ad lib, mand, guit, bagpipe, str; stage music: fl(2), cl, bagpipe, cast, hp, hpsd, mand, guit, vln(2), vla(2), vc

World première

Location:
München
Date:
15.11.1924
Conductor:
Hans Knappertsbusch

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