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Music Text

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

Abbreviations (PDF)

World Premiere
7/5/1855
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.

Moods

Comic

Subjects

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