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Offenbach - Keck

Les Deux aveugles (OEK critical edition) (1855)

(Die beiden Blinden / The Two Blindmen)

Duration: 30 minutes

Bouffonnerie musicale in one act


English   Deutsch  

Libretto by Jules Moinaux; new German version; new English version by Richard Duployen (F,G,E)


Scoring

2T,actors; 2(II=picc).1.2.1-2.2.1.0-timp.perc-strings; Viennese orchestration: 2.2.2.2-4.2.3.0-timp.perc-strings

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Territory

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


World Premiere
05/07/1855
Salle Marigny, Paris
Company: unknown


Roles

PATACHON Lyric Tenor
GIRAFFIER Buffo Tenor
Passers-by

Time and Place

A bridge in Paris, 19th century


Synopsis

Two beggars compete for the desired place on the bridge. Neither of them wants competition, for the charity business runs badly. To impress each other, they fabricate the wildest stories. In order to get hold of the few pennies dropped by the passers-by, the blind are able to see again. The contest, accompanied by singing, develops into a grotesque musiquette, whose tone lies half-way between a Beckett-like sense of the comic and a melancholy reminiscent of Chaplin.


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Comic


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