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Photo: Donald Cooper
Park Lane Group, 1970

Strauss, Richard

Des Esels Schatten (1949 (unfinished))

(The Donkey's Shadow)
Duration: 90 minutes
Comedy in six scenes

Libretto by Hans Adler adapted from Martin Wieland's novel `The Abderites' (G,E,I)

Scoring
S,A,2T,Bar,2B; chorus 2.2.2.2-2.2.2.0-timp.perc:xyl/cast/BD/SD/cyms/glsp/tgl/tamb/tam-t/ wdbl-pft-strings.
Abbreviations (PDF).


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



World Premiere
6/7/1964
Humanistisches Gymnasium of the Benedictine Abbey, Ettal
Conductor: Karl Haussner
Company: Students of the Humanistisches Gymnasium of the Benedictine Abbey, Ettal

Roles

STRUTHION, a dentistBass
ANTRAX, donkey's driverTenor
KROBYLE, his wifeContralto
GORGO, his daughterSoprano
PHILIPPIDES, municipal judgeBaritone
PHYSIGNATUS, lawyerTenor
POLYPHONUS, lawyerBass
KENTETERION, head of the cobbler's GuildBass
AGATHYRSUS, leader of the JasontempleSilent role
STROBYLUS, leader of the LatonatempleSilent role
SERVANT OF AGATHYRSUSSilent role
TWO PRIESTS OF LATONASilent roles
A court servantSilent role
Crowd, Soldiers of the City GuardChorus


Time and Place
The city of Abdera in Thracia, the ancient Schilda


Synopsis
The inhabitants of the Thracian city of Abdera are famed for their stupidity. A dentist hires a donkey for transport but, because of the heat of the day, he shelters in its shadow. The beast's driver is furious because it was his donkey, not its shadow, that was hired. The lengthy legal battles only end when it is announced that the poor forgotten donkey has starved to death.


Moods
Comic


Subjects
Ethics, Mythology, Society


Recommended Recording
Andreas Kohn, Eberhard Büchner, Mette Ejsing, Bodil Arnesen, Jochen Schmeckenbecher, Clemens Bieber, Ralf Lukas, Oskar Hillebrand, Berlin Radio Chorus, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Karl Anton Rickenbacher
Koch-Schwann 365482

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