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Gruber, HK

Die Vertreibung aus dem Paradies (1966, rev.1979)

(The Expulsion from Paradise)
Duration: 20 minutes
Melodrama in 5 scenes

Text by Richard Bletschacher (G)

Scoring
speakers (1-4, male or female) fl.asax-hn-perc:3bongos/2susp.cym/hi-hat/small cowbell/3tpl.bl/ guiro/wdbl/BD/SD-pft-db.
Abbreviations (PDF).


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



World Premiere
2/11/1969
Vienna
Company: ORF Vienna

Roles

THE ANGEL with the fiery swordspeaker (or recorded on tape or sampler)
A GUESTspeaker
A PREACHERspeaker
A SURVIVORspeaker
all four roles can be taken by a single speaker, male or female


Synopsis
An angel stands at the doorway of the Lost Eden, announcing the end of earthly pleasures with a call of "closing time!". A guest does not want his drinking time to be interrupted and ignores the final trumpet-call. A preacher delivers a sermon, berating humanity for its dereliction of duty towards the world. Man must leave his body behind in earth or flame, and rise up to an ever-distant heaven. There he will find a new garden of beauty. The angel announces the end of the day and the settling of accounts. The guest asks why he should take notice of the call, while music continues and human flesh can be bought? A survivor from earlier days describes what happened when the radios stopped playing, and he was sucked out of the world into the dark blue void. The guest asks the angel his name and his future destination, but the only reply is "wherever you wish, only not back!".


Moods
Dramatic


Subjects
Contemporary, Environment, Mythology, Religion, Society





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