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Sir Harrison Birtwistle: The Second Mrs Kong

  • Opera in 2 acts (1993-1994)
  • 2 2 2 2 - 4 2 0 2 - perc(4), acc, sax(2), cimb, str(16 0 6 6 4)
  • Duration: 120’
  • Instrumentation details:
    1st flute (+alto fl
    2nd flute (+picc)
    1st oboe
    2nd oboe (+c.a)
    1st clarinet in Bb (+cl(A)
    2nd clarinet in Bb (+cl(Eb)
    bass cl)
    1st saxophone (sop.sax(Bb)
    alto sax(Eb)
    2nd saxophone (t.sax(Bb))
    1st bassoon
    2nd bassoon (+cbsn)
    1st horn in F
    2nd horn in F
    3rd horn in F
    4th horn in F
    1st trumpet in C
    2nd trumpet in C
    1st tuba (+euph)
    2nd tuba
    1st percussion
    2nd percussion
    3rd percussion
    4th percussion
    1st/2nd violin (desk 1)
    3rd/4th violin (desk 2)
    5th/6th violin (desk 3)
    7th/8th violin (desk 4)
    9th/10th violin (desk 5)
    11th/12th violin (desk 6)
    13th/14th violin (desk 7)
    15th/16th violin (desk 8)
    1st/2nd viola (desk 1)
    3rd/4th viola (desk 2)
    5th/6th viola (desk 3)
    violoncello (desk 1)
    violoncello (desk 2)
    violoncello (desk 3)
    contrabass (desk 1)
    contrabass (desk 2)
  • Choir: SATB
  • Roles: Kong, tenor Perl, soprano Anubis / Tod von Kong, bass-baritone Vermeer, baritone Spiegel / Spiegel Echo, lyric soprano Inanna (Mrs Dollarama), mezzo-soprano Mr Dollarama, baritone Swami Zumzum, tenore buffo Orpheus, countertenor Madame Lena, alto 4 Modelle / Zweifel / Furcht / Verzweiflung / Schrecken, low mezzo-soprano, mezzo-soprano, soprano, high soprano Eurydice, lyric soprano Die Toten, choir Der monströse Bote / Joe Shady, bass Paganini, violin
  • Composer: Sir Harrison Birtwistle
  • Librettist: Russell Hoban
  • Original language: English
  • Translator: Sven Hartberger
  • Commission: Commissioned by Glyndebourne Touring Opera
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Sir Harrison Birtwistle: The Second Mrs Kong  | UE30909


  • Edition type: libretto
  • Languages: German
  • Edition info: Text by Russel Hoban
  • ISBN: 978-3-7024-2302-5
  • ISMN: 979-0-008-07409-7
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