Libretto by Adolf Hoffmeister; German translation by Frank Harders-Wuthenow and Matthias Harre; English translation by Joza Karas; new English adaptation by Tony Kushner (Cz,E,G; other languages available on request)
Children's choir with 10 major roles;
Prague version (1938): 1(=picc).0.2.0-0.1.0.0-perc(3):cyms/BD/SD-pft-strings(18.104.22.168.0 or tutti);
Terezín version (1943): 1(=picc).0.1.0-0.1.0.0-perc(1):BD/SD-pft-gtr-strings(22.214.171.124.1);
Terezín version also available in an arrangement for one piano, or for two pianos
This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes
for the world.
World premiere of version
Terezin Company: Inmates of the Terezín transit camp
Children’s choir with 10 major roles:
Aninka and Pepicek go to the market to get some milk for their sick mother. As they dont have any money, they decide to follow the example of the organ grinder, Brundibár – people throw coins in his hat when he makes music. Aninka and Pepicek sing their favourite song but nobody listens to them. When they try to draw attention to themselves, they are chased away from the market for being a nuisance. It is almost dusk. Aninka and Pepicek don't know what to do. How can they sing louder than the bad old organ grinder with their small voices? Lots of children must sing – that might work. At this cue, a dog, a cat, and a sparrow are on the spot and promise to help. The next morning, the animals round up all the children in town, who make a large choir. The plan succeeds: their singing is louder than the barrel organ, the people listen, and soon Pepicek's cap is full of coins. Suddenly, Brundibár appears, grabs the cap from Pepicek, and tries to run away with the money. However, he is only one against many and he doesn´t stand a chance. The children celebrate their victory and the choir sings of friendship and support for each other.