Eugen d' Albert: Der Golem

  • 3 3 3 3 - 4 4 3 1 - timp, perc, hp(2), cel, str, IM: cornet(B)(2), tbn(2), bass tbn, perc / OM (opt.): alto sax(Eb), t.sax(Bb), t-tam, musical saw
  • Duration: 180’
  • Instrumentation details:
    1st flute
    2nd flute
    3rd flute (+picc)
    1st oboe
    2nd oboe (+c.a)
    cor anglais
    1st clarinet in Bb (+cl(A))
    2nd clarinet in Bb (+cl(A))
    3rd clarinet in Bb (+bass cl(Bb))
    1st bassoon
    2nd bassoon
    3rd bassoon
    1st horn in F (+hn(E))
    2nd horn in F (+hn(E))
    3rd horn in F (+hn(E))
    4th horn in F (+hn(E))
    1st trumpet in C (+tpt(Bb)
    tpt(F)
    tpt(E))
    2nd trumpet in C (+tpt(Bb)
    tpt(F)
    tpt(E))
    3rd trumpet in C (+tpt(Bb)
    tpt(F)
    tpt(E))
    4th trumpet in C (+tpt(Bb)
    tpt(F)
    tpt(E))
    1st trombone
    2nd trombone
    3rd trombone
    bass tuba
    timpani
    percussion
    1st harp
    2nd harp
    celesta
    violin I
    violin II
    viola
    violoncello
    contrabass
    incidental music: 1st cornet in Bb
    2nd cornet in Bb
    1st trombone
    2nd trombone
    bass trombone
    percussion
    incidental music (optional): alto saxophone in Eb (sop.sax(Bb)
    tenor saxophone in Bb
    harmonium
    tam-tam
    musical saw
  • Choir: SATB
  • Composer: Eugen d' Albert
  • Librettist: Ferdinand Lion
  • Writer of pre-existing text: Arthur Holitscher
  • Dedication: an Isis

Work introduction

The storyline of Eugen d’Albert’s opera Der Golem (1926) was taken from the famous ancient Jewish legend of the Golem of Prague. After the great success of the world première in 1926 (“with its absolute tonal character, the work ranks alongside the operas of Schreker”), no-one imagined that the piece would be forgotten after 1945. In Bielefeld (Germany) in 1997 it was referred to as “a worthwhile excavation.”

Audiosamples

World première

Location:
Frankfurt am Main (DE)
Date:
30.11.1925

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