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Esels Schatten

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


English   Deutsch  

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

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Territory

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


World Premiere
07/06/1964
Humanistisches Gymnasium of the Benedictine Abbey, Ettal
Conductor: Karl Haussner
Company: Students of the Humanistisches Gymnasium of the Benedictine Abbey, Ettal


Roles

STRUTHION, a dentist Bass
ANTRAX, donkey's driver Tenor
KROBYLE, his wife Contralto
GORGO, his daughter Soprano
PHILIPPIDES, municipal judge Baritone
PHYSIGNATUS, lawyer Tenor
POLYPHONUS, lawyer Bass
KENTETERION, head of the cobbler's Guild Bass
AGATHYRSUS, leader of the Jasontemple Silent role
STROBYLUS, leader of the Latonatemple Silent role
SERVANT OF AGATHYRSUS Silent role
TWO PRIESTS OF LATONA Silent roles
A court servant Silent role
Crowd, Soldiers of the City Guard Chorus

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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