Friedrich Cerha: Baal-Gesänge

  • for baritone and orchestra
  • 2 3 2 3 - 4 3 4 1 - timp, perc(6), hp, acc, e.org, sax(2), guit, str
  • Duration: 52’
  • Soloists:
    baritone
  • Instrumentation details:
    1st flute (+picc)
    2nd flute (+picc)
    1st. oboe
    2nd oboe
    cor anglais
    1st clarinet in A
    2nd clarinet in A (+cl(Eb))
    3rd clarinet in A (+bass cl(Bb))
    soprano saxophone in Bb (+alto sax(Eb))
    alto saxophone in EB (+t.sax(Bb))
    1st bassoon
    2nd bassoon
    3rd bassoon (+cbsn)
    1st horn in F
    2nd horn in F
    3rd horn in F
    4th horn in F
    1st trumpet in C (+flhn)
    2th trumpet in C
    3rd trumpet in C
    1st trombone (+t.hn(Bb))
    2nd trombone
    3rd trombone
    4th trombone
    tuba
    timpani
    1st percussion (2 players)
    2nd percussion (1 player)
    3rd percussion (1 player)
    4th percussion (2 players)
    harp
    guitar
    accordion
    electric organ
    violin I
    violin II
    viola
    violoncello
    contrabass
  • Composer: Friedrich Cerha
  • Text author: Bertolt Brecht
  • Dedication: Für Theo Adam, den ersten Baal, in Bewunderung und Dankbarkeit.

Audiosamples

The complete perusal score (PDF-preview)

World première

Location:
NDR, Hamburg (DE)
Date:
22.01.1982
Orchestra:
NDR SO
Conductor:
Friedrich Cerha
Main soloists:
Theo Adam, Bar

Press reviews

“ … the first performance of his Baal-Gesänge (by no means a digest of the Brecht opera) was a stirring event which, with the additional Baal texts and the tremendous intermezzi, was one of the most significant cycles attempted since Mahler’s Lied von der Erde. True to Brecht’s mantra that one must take a couple of steps back if one wishes to make a great leap forward, Cerha is a leopard who has again changed its spots …”

Die Welt, 22 January 1982

Translated by Grant Chorley

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