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Kounadis, Arghyris

Der Gummisarg (1968)

(The Gum Coffin)
Duration: 45 minutes
Mimos in one scene

Libretto by Otto Staininger after Vassilis Zioghas (G)

Scoring
colS,M,T,Bar,B; chorus; 1(=picc).1(=corA).1(=bcl).asax.1(=dbn)-0.1.1.0-perc-harp-pft-cel-db.
Abbreviations (PDF).


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



World Premiere
4/8/1968
Bonn
Conductor: Ralf Weikert
Company: Ensemble Theater Bonn

Roles

MARKOS, the dead man Baritone
DIMITRAKIS, cousin of the dead man Bass
FEMALE COUSIN of Markos and Dimitrakis Coloratura Soprano
NEPHEW of Markos Dimitrakis Mezzo soprano
SABAS, Markos' Neighbour Tenor
Male neighboursfrom the chorus (SA)
Female neighboursfrom the chorus (TB)


Time and Place
Living room or any room. Present time


Synopsis

The dear neighbour has spent all his money on a coffin. He wants to die. He thinks it proper to die now. His neighbours do not think that is right. They complain about it. The dear neighbour wants to die, to die and to die. Again and again he lies down in his coffin. Suddenly he does not want to die any more. His neighbours do not think that is right.  Zioghas’ text fell into my hands accidentally. Contemporary timelessness. What I believed to have found, had to do with both the variety of possible interpretations, deriving from the treatment of the characters – people moving as monumentally as puppets – as well as with the limitations of the fable in a sort of ordinariness, somewhat similar to vaudeville and circus...
Arghyris Kounadis


Moods
Comic, Dramatic


Subjects
Relationships, Society





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