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Music Text

Libretto by Jules Moinaux; German version by Karl Friedrich Wittmann (G)

Scoring

2T,actors; 2.2.2.2-4.2.3.0-timp-strings

Abbreviations (PDF)

Roles

KÜMMELBERGER Lyric Tenor
JERZABEK Buffo Tenor
Passers-by
Time and Place

The Elisabeth bridge in Vienna, 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.

Moods

Comic

Subjects

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