Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail (arranged by: Alexander Krampe)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Die Entführung aus dem Serail
Die Entführung aus dem Serail

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail (arranged by: Alexander Krampe)

Catalogue number:
KV 384
Year of composition:
version for children
Scored for:
for solos and ensemble
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Alexander Krampe (2013)
Text author:
Johann Gottlieb Stephanie
Text adapter:
Johannes Schmid
von den Musikern gesungen
Instrumentation details:
flute (+picc)
clarinet in Bb (+cl(A)
1st violin
2nd violin
double bass
More Less

The complete perusal score (PDF-preview)

Work introduction

65 minutes for an operatic version of a work which, in its original, lasts more than three hours – and yet, after hearing this “little abduction”, the impression is that nothing essential was missing. And there is more: Pasha Selim is a speaking role in the original, but here he sings in a fine baritone to express his “sadness” in a duet with Konstanze – and, toward the end, when he sends Konstanze on her journey home, he takes up the perfectly fitting Lied der Trennung (original title, KV 519) [Song of Parting] to show that he will never forget her.

But what has been happening until then?

Konstanze, Belmonte, Blonde and Pedrillo were on a sailing trip when they encountered a storm, where all of them except Belmonte went overboard and were washed up onto an island. Osmin finds the stranded people and has them brought to Pasha Selim’s island palace. Later on, Belmonte also arrives on the island; he forges a plan with Pedrillo for them all to flee, since the elegant Pasha has fallen in love with Konstanze, gruff Osmin is enamored of Blonde, and both men want to keep their heartthrobs with them.

The attempt to flee fails; everything is discovered, yet Pasha bears no resentment – he allows the four seafarers to travel back to their homeland.

Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio tells the story of freedom and cherished friendship of these foreigners in exotic circumstances. This compact version uses a 10-piece instrumental ensemble, lively, temperamental and full of surprising twists and turns.

Alexander Krampe

Translated by Grant Chorley

World première

Aula der Universität, Salzburg (AT)
salzburg orchester solisten
Ben Gernon
Main soloists:
Peter Kellner/Christoph Seidl, Osmin; Estelle Poscio/Theresa Dittmar, Blondchen; Aco Biscevic/Aaron Sheppard, Pedrillo; Iurii Samoilov/Iain MacNeil, Selim; Johannes Dunz/Gitai Fisher, Belmonte; Kiandra Howarth/Siobhan Stagg, Konstanze

Other works

Sign up for our newsletter!

You will regularly receive information about new scores with free downloads, current prize games and news about our composers.