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Music Text

Libretto by Richard Bletschacher (G)


major roles: S,M,dramT,2T,Bar,dramB,B,2 speakers,silent role
minor roles: min.4(SATB), max.20 (5S,5A,5T,5B) can be drawn from chorus
chorus; dancers; actors; 2(I,II=picc).2.2(II=bcl,Ebcl).tsax(=asax).2(II=dbn)-*/cowbells*/t.bells*).perc(2):glsp*/t.bells/
SD/BD/5tom-t/2susp.cym/hi-hat/3cowbells/Chin.cym/splash cym/2 bongos/
tamb/whip/crowcall/minimum of 4 musical boxes with stopping devices/wind machine/paper bag/Javanese gong in E/lg drum*/lg Chin.tam-t*/sizzle cym/large metal petrol can/
sm Chin.tam-t/glsp*/xylorimba/vib/marimba/chromatic cowbells*/cyms/tamb/vibraslap/
swing rattle/tgl/lion's roar/cast/flexatone/large drum*/large Chin.tam-t*/minimum of 4 musical boxes with stopping devices/crowcall/lg thundersheet/whip/sandpaper blocks/guiro/large metal petrol can/rattle-pft(=synth)-elec.bass gtr-strings (min.

* Percussion instruments that can be shared between players.
Orchestral musicians also play additional instruments, including mouth-organs, swanee whistles and large metal petrol cans
Pre-recorded tape: speaker with megaphone-picc.cl- SD/large drum/cyms
Toy instruments (excl. oil cans) available on hire with materials

Abbreviations (PDF)

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World Premiere
Volksoper, Wien
Mike Fields, director / Volksoper Wien / HK Gruber
Recommended Recording

Heinz Karl Gruber / London MOB Ensemble
EMI CLASSICS 7243 5 56441 21

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