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Offenbach - Stolz

Croquefer ou Le Dernier des paladins (Stolz version) (1857)

(Ritter Eisenfrass oder Der letzte Paladin / Munchiron or The Last of the Paladins)
Duration: 45 minutes
Opéra-bouffe in one act

Libretto by Adolphe Jaime and Etienne Tréfeu; new German version by Josef Heinzelmann; chamber music arrangement by Josef Stolz (F,G)

Scoring
S,3T,Bar; cl-perc-pft-vln.db .
Abbreviations (PDF).


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



World premiere of version
10/19/1984
Vienna
Company: unknown

Roles

MUNCHIRON, fearful knight Tenor
FIRESTONE, his squire, stubborn servant Tenor
BEAT-TO-DEATH, knight, incomplete Baritone
SULPHURBLOSSOM, his daughter Soprano
SKULLSMASHER, nobleman, Munchiron's nephewTenor


Time and Place
Platform of a half-ruined tower. In former times


Synopsis
Munchiron, a knight of very sorrowful countenance, swallows his last remaining sabre. He will probably not need it any longer: his enemy Beat-to-Death, whose daughter Sulphurblossom he has taken away, is likely to fight only to a very limited degree, for in the battle against the unbelievers he has already lost a number of crucial body parts, among them his tongue. When Beat-to-Death nevertheless throws down the gauntlet, Munchiron's nephew Skullsmasher appears to save him. Munchiron offers Beat-to-Death two alternatives: either Sulphurblossom will be killed or she will marry him. The forced reconciliation is achieved, though it is sabotaged by subversive elements on both sides. The wine has been poisoned – accidentally with castor oil. The deployment of the troops heralds a collective bout of diarrhoea, in the course of which Munchiron's sabre and Beat-to-Death's tongue are rediscoverd. It all ends happily with the composer and his librettist sending their greetings from the lunatic asylum.


Moods
Comic


Subjects
History, Relationships, Politics, Society





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