( Der Mond The Moon) is an opera in one act by Carl Orff based on a Brothers Grimm fairy tale ( KHM 175) 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 usually paired with Orff's . Die Kluge
Synopsis [ edit ]
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
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. [N 1 ]
Woodwind: 3 flutes (2 doubling piccolos), 3 oboes (1 doubling English horn), 3 clarinets (1 doubling bass clarinet), 2 bassoons (1 doubling double bassoon)
Brass: 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba
Percussion (5 percussionists): bass drum, snare drum, field drum, tambourine, triangle, xylophone, cymbals, castanets, various Turkish cymbals, big tamtam, ratchet, stick, sleigh bells, hour bell, tubular bells, glass harmonica, metallophone, glockenspiel Other instruments:
harp, celesta, piano, harmonium, accordion, zither, strings
Stage orchestra: mixed choir, natural horn ( tuba), organ, bells, 3 field drums, bass drum, cymbals, tam-tam, wind machine, thunder machine, thunder & lighting ( Blitz, Einschlag)
Selected recordings [ edit ]
Die Kluge, Der Mond, conductor: Kurt Eichhorn, 1970, RCA Classic, ASIN B000025QHU
Die Kluge, Der Mond, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Gottlob Frick, Marcel Cordes, Benno Kusche, Hermann Prey, Gustav Neidlinger, Hans Hotter, Karl Schmitt-Walter, conductor: Wolfgang Sawallisch, 1990, EMI Classics 0777763712 2 1
References [ edit ]
^ The which marks the death of the four rascals is interlude notated in the unusual key of C-flat major.
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