Idea and text by Werner Egk (G)
1953 version: 0.0.4.bcl.tsax.0-0.4.3.0-timp.perc-pft-db;
1957 version: 0.0.2.bcl.tsax.0-0.2.2.0-timp.perc-pft-db
Boosey & Hawkes Bote & Bock
This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes
for the world.
Hessischer Rundfunk, Frankfurt am Main
World stage premiere
Company: Nationaltheater Mannheim
|Three solo voices
||Soprano, Tenor, Baritone
"In his Abstract Opera, Egk abandons representational art even further. It is an attempt to replace coherent dialogues with the freely combined syllables and sounds of a fantasy language. In an extreme case of 'poésie pure', the word is treated only according to melodic and rhythmic guidelines. Symbolism replaces logic. Every scene expresses a typical situation: love, fear, pain, panic, despair... Intensified by Blacher’s fluctuating music which sublimates the style of jazz by tonal and metrical means, Egk’s libretto successfully creates an X-ray view into the psychic mechanism of opera itself."
H. H. Stuckenschmidt
Contemporary, Relationships, Society