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Ernst Krenek: Der Diktator

  • 2 2 2 2 - 1 1 1 0 - timp, perc, str
  • Duration: 35’
  • Instrumentation details:
    1st flute
    2nd flute
    1st oboe
    2nd oboe
    1st clarinet in Bb
    2nd clarinet in Bb
    1st bassoon
    2nd bassoon
    horn in F
    trumpet in C
    trombone
    timpani
    percussion
    violin I
    violin II
    viola
    violoncello
    double bass
  • Roles: The dictator ... baritone Charlotte ... soprano The officer ... tenor Maria ... soprano four silent roles
  • Composer: Ernst Krenek
  • Librettist: Ernst Krenek
  • Remarks: Study score available at Musikproduktion Höflich: www.musikmph.de

Work introduction

Even when he was young, Ernst Krenek was a highly political person who displayed an astonishing maturity in his way of thinking and also in his works. Three years after Hitler’s unsuccessful putsch in Munich and two years after Mussolini gained a two-thirds majority in the Italian parliament, Krenek composed a one-act opera for which he wrote his own libretto that urgently highlights the dangers of fascism. Der Diktator is a tragic opera that predicted the tragedy of National Socialist dictatorship.

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