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Walter Braunfels: Don Gil von den grünen Hosen

  • Musikalische Komödie in 3 Aufzügen (1921-1923)
  • 2 3 2 2 - 4 2 1 0 - timp, perc, hp, hpsd ad lib, mand, guit, bagpipe, str; stage music: fl(2), cl, bagpipe, cast, hp, hpsd, mand, guit, vln(2), vla(2), vc
  • Duration: 180’
  • Instrumentation details:
    flute(2)
    cor anglais
    clarinet(2)
    bassoon(2)
    horn(4)
    trumpet(2)
    trombone
    timpani
    percussion
    harp
    harpsichoird
    mandolin
    guitar
    bagpipe
    on the stage: flute(2)
    clarinet
    bagpipe
    castanets
    harp
    harpsichoird
    mandolin
    guitar
    violin(2)
    viola(2)
    violoncello
  • Choir: SATB
  • Roles: Don Pedro, bass Dona Ines, soprano Don Manuel de Guzman (Don Gil), tenor Dona Juana, soprano Dona Clara, alto Don Rodriguez, baritone Don Curzio, tenor Caramanchell, baritone Quintana, baritone Knaben, Sänger, Volk
  • Composer: Walter Braunfels
  • Writer of pre-existing text: Tirso de Molina
  • Text adapter: Walter Braunfels
  • Remarks: Study score available at Musikproduktion Höflich: www.musikmph.de

Work introduction

The success of The Birds and of the Te Deum inspired Braunfels to embark upon another large-scale composition, the opera Don Gil of the Green Trousers. The libretto is based on a comedy by Tirso de Molina in the German translation by August L. Mayer and Johannes von Guenther which was published in Munich in 1918.

Several of de Molina’s plays focus on intelligent and clever women who put their fickle men to shame, induce them to repent and return home. In Don Gil it is Dona Juana who exposes her unfaithful fiancé in a rather turbulent plot which culminates in four figures dressed in green trousers confronting one another, not knowing who is hidden behind their masks.

The first (concert) performance after 1945 took place in Munich in 2007, with David Stahl conducting the ensemble of the Gärtnerplatztheater.

The complete perusal score (PDF-preview)

World première

Location:
Nationaltheater, München (DE)
Date:
15.11.1924
Conductor:
Hans Knappertsbusch

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