Der Mond

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Der Mond
Opera by Carl Orff
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The composer in 1956
Description Ein kleines Welttheater ("A little world theatre")
Librettist Carl Orff
Language German
Based on a Grimms' fairy tale
Premiere 5 February 1939 (1939-02-05)
Bavarian State Opera

Der Mond (The Moon) is an opera in one act by Carl Orff based on a Grimm's fairy tale) with a libretto by the composer. It was first performed on 5 February 1939 by the Bavarian State Opera in Munich under the direction of Clemens Krauss. The composer describes it not as an opera but as Ein kleines Welttheater ("A little world theatre"); the performance lasts for about one hour and is often paired with Orff's Die Kluge.


Role Voice type Première cast, 5 February 1939
Conductor: Clemens Krauss
The storyteller tenor Julius Patzak
Saint Peter bass Paul Bender
A farmer baritone  
First Rascal baritone Franz Theo Reuter
Second Rascal baritone Emil Graf
Third Rascal tenor Karl Ostertag
Fourth Rascal bass Georg Wieter
Landlord spoken Ambros Witt


Video Design at the Carl-Orff Festival 2015.

The story involves characters who steal the moon for their country which does not have a moon. They take the moon to their graves upon their deaths[N 1] and St. Peter goes to the underworld to retrieve it and hang it again in the sky. Two speaking roles include that of a child and a landlord. Singing roles include the four rascals who steal the moon, St. Peter, a farmer and the narrator.


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  1. ^ The interlude which marks the death of the four rascals is notated in the unusual key of C-flat major.

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