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Laks, Simon: L' Hirondelle inattendue (Bezdomna jaskolka / The Unexpected Swallow / Die unerwartete Schwalbe) (1965) 40'
Opéra-bouffe in one act

Music Text

Deutsch

Libretto by Henri Lemarchand, based on the radio play "Le Bestiaire inattendu: L'Hirondelle du faubourg" by Claude Aveline (F)

Scoring

colS,S,M,A,T,2Bar,buffoB,B; mixed chorus; 3(III=picc).3(III=corA).3(III=bcl).3(III=dbn)-4.3.3.1-timp.perc(3):BD/SD/cym/glsp/tgl/xyl/vib/tam-t-harp-cel-strings.

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World Premiere

26/12/1975
Warsaw
Jerzy Sztwiertnia, director / Polish Radio & TV Orchestra Warsaw / Wlodzimierz Kamirski

World stage premiere

17/08/2014
Festspielhaus, Bregenz
Gerald Stollwitzer, director / Prager Philharmonischer Chor / Symphonieorchester Vorarlberg / Gérard Korsten

Press Quotes

Deutsch

"L’Hirondelle inattendue comes along like a piece of ‘absurd musical theatre’ whose verbal wit finds its counterpart in music that is composed with charm and technical mastery ... This gem of twentieth-century operatic literature must not be allowed to be forgotten.” Opernwelt

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EDA 035

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