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Gruber, HK: Geschichten aus dem Wiener Wald (Tales from the Vienna Woods) (2011-14) 140'
Opera in three acts

Music Text

Deutsch

Libretto by Michael Sturminger, based on the play by Ödön von Horváth (G)

Scoring

Major roles: S,M,Bar,B Other: 2S,M,4T,Bar,BBar Solistenensemble: 3S,3A,3T,3B 2(I,II=picc).2(II-corA).3(II=Ebcl,III=bcl).asax.tsax(=ssax).3(III=dbn)-4.3(I=flugelhorn).3(I=thn).1-timp.perc(3)-harp-honkytonk(backstage)-pft-strings(12.10.8.6.4) Stage band: vln-Ebcl-gtr(on stage prop)-accordion-zither(on stage prop) Cabaret band: ssax-tpt.trbn.tuba-drum kit-pft-banjo

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Territory

This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes for the world.

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World Premiere

23/07/2014
Festspielhaus, Bregenz
Michael Sturminger, director / Eerens, Schmutzhard, Schneider, Kirchschlager, Pesendorfer, Vondung, Silja u.a. / Ensemble Nova / Wi / HK Gruber

Repertoire Note

Deutsch

Press Quotes

Deutsch

"A magnificent new opera is born... While Horváth’s language may look harsh on the printed page, Gruber and Sturminger have found the absurd humor in his words..."
Musical America

"The piece goes straight to the heart… superb craftsmanship..."
Süddeutsche Zeitung

"HK Gruber’s score displays his immense skills, with an enormous breadth of tonal colours and instrumental effects..."
Neue Musikzeitung

"Gruber has created a score from the best that new music can offer… The work is a portrait of how people, although they put up a superhuman fight, can break down forlorn. It is thanks to this most original of Austrian composers, that an opera has been created out of the play, and one of such impressiveness that it deserves to be performed on every operatic stage from New York to Tokyo…”
Neues Deutschland



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