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Music Text

Libretto by Ferdinand Graf Sporck; new version by the composer (G)

Scoring

2S,lyrS,A,2T,lyrT,2Bar,BBar,2B; chorus;
3(III=picc).3(III=corA).3(III=bcl).3(III=dbn)-4.3.3.1-timp.perc-harp-strings;
On-stage:2cl-2tpt.2trbn.2tenorhn.tuba-TD

Abbreviations (PDF)

World Premiere
11/26/1899
Schwerin
Company: Unknown

Roles

SCHASMANN VON RAPPOLTSTEIN, supreme king of the pipers Bass
HERZLAND, his daughter Lyric Soprano
RUHMLAND, his son Baritone
VELTEN STACHER, piper of the Rhine Tenor
ALHEIT, Velten's sister, Herzland's friend High Soprano
The pipers's counsel: JOCKEL Lyric Tenor
WEIHDAMPF Tenor
SURGAND Baritone
HENSELIN Bass
JOST and JOERG, boy pipers Soprano, Alto
LODER, barkeeper Bass Baritone
Pipers, Pipers' wives and girls, Festivity guests, Crowd, Labourers, Servants, Coopers, Shopkeepers
Time and Place

Rappoltsweiler in Alsace at the end of the 15th century on the day of Mary's birth and the following day

Synopsis



The guild of pipers is protected by the jurisdiction of Schasmann von Rappoltstein, the supreme ‘Pipers’ King of the Kingdom of Travelling People’. Rappoltstein has a conflict with young musicians who want to get rid of the old customs. Thus he has expelled his own son Ruhmland who, instead of becoming the patron of musicians, has become a musician himself, indeed a very popular singer. And Rappoltstein is at daggers drawn with Velten who is courting his daughter Herzland and who strives with his revolutionary ideas to become the pipers’ king. With wit, courage and charm, the young people manage to make Rappoltstein capitulate. And thus eventually not only is a reform of the guild achieved, but also two decent weddings.

Moods

Comic, Poetic, Romantic

Subjects

Music/Arts, Relationships, Society




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