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English Deutsch

Heinz von Cramer/English version by Dorothy de Reeder and Kurt Heinrich Hansen (G,E)

Scoring

S,T,Bar,B-chamber chorus;
1.0.1.1-0.1.1.0-strings

Abbreviations (PDF)

World Premiere
04/03/1947
Dresden
Company: Unknown

Roles

THE FISHERMAN Lyric baritone
THE GIRL Lyric soprano
THE OLD BANKER Character bass
THE YOUNG MAN Lyric tenor
Chamber Choir
Time and Place

On a sandbank near the wreck of a stranded old sailing ship. Today or yesterday

Synopsis



A small party of tourists is caught by the tide while having a look at a wreck on a sandbank. The banker, who is immensely rich, persuades the young man to swim to shore and get help, promising him a large fortune. The young girl wants to abandon herself to a romantic death in the arms of the fisherman. But the water disappears as quickly as it came. The young man, intoxicated by the sight of the money, kills the banker; the girl leaves the fisherman and follows the youth who is now rich.

Moods

Dramatic, Tragic

Subjects

Contemporary, Ethics, Relationships, Society




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