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d'Albert, Eugen

Kain (1898-99)

Duration: 65 minutes
Musical tragedy in one act

Libretto by Heinrich Bulthaupt (G)

Scoring
2S,M,T,3B; male chorus 3(III=picc).3(III=corA).3(III=bcl).2.dbn-4.3.3.1-timp.perc-strings .
Abbreviations (PDF).


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



World Premiere
2/17/1900
Berlin
Company: Unknown

Roles

ADAM Bass
EVESoprano
CAINHigh Bass
ADAHSoprano
ABELTenor
ADAMBass
LITTLE HANOCHMezzo soprano or child's voice
LUCIFERBass
THE VOICE OF THE LORDMale Chorus


Time and Place
The hut of the first human beings, late in the afternoon, in Biblical times


Synopsis
The first human beings are sitting in front of their hut: Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Cain’s wife Adah and their son Hanoch. While Abel is praising the creation, Cain sits there brooding gloomily. When night falls, he remains alone and asks God to reveal the meaning of life. Instead of God, he is answered by Lucifer, the fallen angel, who tells him about sin and death. On the following morning, when Abel steps out of the hut in order to offer Jehovah fruit on the sacrificial altar, Cain starts a quarrel. He destroys the altar and strikes Abel dead. God punishes the fratricide with eternal damnation and marks him. Under thunder and lightning, Cain sets out to the mountains with his family.


Moods
Dramatic, Tragic


Subjects
Ethics, Mythology, Relationships, Religion, Society





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