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Music Text

Libretto by Richard Batka after Johann Hutt (G)

Scoring

2S,A,T,Bar
2(II=picc).2.corA.2.2-4.2.0.1-timp.perc-harp-strings

Abbreviations (PDF)

World Premiere
10/6/1902
Dresden
Company: Hofoper Dresden

Roles

PAUL, a tenant farmer Character Baritone
MARTHE, Paul's wife Lyric Soprano
PETER, a farm labourer Lyric Tenor
RÖSCHEN, Paul's cousin Soubrette Soprano
THE NEIGHBOUR Character Alto
Time and Place

In a German village around 1830

Synopsis



Röschen is in love with Peter, the farm labourer, but her cousin Paul is against a marriage between the two because he himself, having had enough of his own married life, has an eye on his cousin. One day he succeeds in kissing the reluctant girl. He is caught by the neighbour who, having been rejected by him years ago, senses an occasion for revenge and wants to inform Marthe, Paul’s wife, of the outrageous incident on the spot. Paul, however, forestalls her, kisses Marthe quickly and repeats with her the whole delicate scene with Röschen, so that Marthe answers the neighbour with a laugh: ‘That was me!’ Now the neighbour tries the same with Peter. However, Röschen had played the same game with him as Paul had with Marthe, and so the neighbour once more gets the reply: ‘That was me!’ Thus jealousy is outwitted, and Röschen is eventually allowed to marry Peter.

Moods

Comic

Subjects

Relationships




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