Cristóbal Halffter: La del alba sería ...

  • Fragments from the opera "Don Quijote" (1997)
  • for soli, mixed choir and orchestra
  • 4 4 4 4 - 6 4 4 1 - perc(4), hp, cemb, str(16 14 12 10 8); on stage ad lib: tpt(3), tbn(3)
  • Duration: 35–40'
  • Instrumentation details:
    1st piccolo (+3. flute)
    2nd piccolo
    1st flute
    2nd flute (+alto fl)
    1st oboe
    2nd oboe
    3rd oboe
    cor anglais
    1st clarinet in Bb
    2nd clarinet in Bb
    3rd clarinet in Bb (+cl(Eb))
    4th clarinet in Bb
    1st bassoon
    2nd bassoon
    3rd bassoon
    4th bassoon
    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 (+picc.tpt)
    2nd trumpet in C
    3rd trumpet in C
    4th trumpet in C
    1st trombone
    2nd trombone
    3rd trombone
    4th trombone (+bass tuba)
    bass tuba
    1st percussion
    2nd percussion
    3rd percussion
    4th percussion
    violin I
    violin II
    on stage ad lib: 1st trumpet in C
    2nd trumpet in C
    3rd trumpet in C
    1st trombone
    2nd trombone
    3rd trombone
  • Choir: SATB
  • Roles: Dulcinea, soprano Aldonza, soprano Cervantes, baritone
  • Composer: Cristóbal Halffter
  • Text source: based on Miguel de Cervantes and other spanish poets after a scenic idea by Cristóbal Halffter
  • Text adapter: Andrés Amorós
  • Commission: Fragmente aus der im Auftrag der Caja Duero komponierten Oper "Don Quijote"

Work introduction

The hero comes from nature, but the myth arises from the fantasy of humans: – … presenting these two symbolised values and analysing their validity in our time, that is … the true nature ... of my work.

Cristóbal Halffter


The complete perusal score (PDF-preview)

World première

Lissabon (PT)
Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León
Pedro Halffter Caro
Main soloists:
Chor der Universität Salamanca

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