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Goldschmidt, BertholdDer gewaltige Hahnrei (The Magnificent Cuckold) op. 14 (1929-30) 105'
A Musical Tragi-comedy in 3 Acts

Music Text  
Libretto by the composer after Fernand Crommelynck's 'Le Cocu Magnifique' (G,E)

Scoring
2S,2A,3T,Bar,2B;chorus 3(I,II,III=picc).2.corA.1.Ebcl.bcl.2ssax(ad lib).2.dbn-4.3.3.1- timp.perc(4):xyl/glsp/BD/SD/TD/chinese dr/wdbl/cyms/tam-t/tgl-harp- strings-stage band:0.1.1.1-1.1.1.0-perc:BDwithcym.
Abbreviations (PDF).

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


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World Premiere
2/14/1932
Nationaltheater, Mannheim
Richard Hein, director / Nationaltheater Mannheim / Joseph Rosenstock


Repertoire Note      Deutsch
Composed to his own libretto on a play by Fernand Crommelynck and described by Goldschmidt as a ‘tragi-comedy’, Der gewaltige Hahnrei is one of the most remarkable of those operas whose performance momentum was cruelly cut short by the rise of Nazism in Germany in the early 1930s. The story of how Bruno irrationally suspects his wife Stella of being unfaithful and then forces her to sleep with his best friend to end his uncertainty is open to interpretation on several levels. Since its rediscovery and the acclaimed first recording on Decca’s ‘Entartete Musik’ label, the opera has enjoyed highly successful stage productions in Berlin, Bern and Darmstadt, confirming its status as a gripping piece of music drama. An orchestral suite from the opera is also available for performance (see works for Full Orchestra).

Press Quotes  
"One of the great operas of the 20th century."
Frankfurter Rundschau

Recommended Recording
Roberta Alexander/Robert Wörle/Michael Kraus/Claudio Otelli/Helen Lawrence/Rundfunkchor Berlin/Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin/Lothar Zagrosek
Decca Entartete Musik 440 850-2

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