Music theatre Children's / Youth opera 1980

Pollicino

Musical fairytale based on Collodi, Grimm and Perrault

Libretto by Giuseppe Di Leva
(English by Rodney Blumer)

Period of composition 1979-80
Duration 85 minutes

For the young people of Montepulciano

World premiere

World premiere 2. August 1980

Montepulciano

5° Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte
Children and adult from Montepulciano and surrounding area
Concentus Politia nus

Production Willy Decker
Stage design Peter Nagel
Costume design Marion Gerretz
Conductor Jan Latham-Koenig

Comments

This children’s opera, to be performed by many children (and a few adults) on stage and in the pit, enjoys great popularity in schools and communities, and has had, since its première countless productions all over the world. Many of these have been prepared in the course of the school year, in the form of music and art lessons, and represent, in the ideal case, the result of a mutual creative, interdisciplinary effort. see also “Children’s Entertainment” · “Six Pieces for Young Pianists” · “Sonatina for Violin and Piano” (1979) · “Three Fairytale Scenes”

Hans Werner Henze

Cast

Amateur-Singers

Pollicino
his six brothers
Clotildedaughter of the Man-Eater
her six sisters
Mr Eagle Owl
Mrs Screech Owl
Madame Fox
Miss Hare
Herr Hedgehog
Monsieur de Wild-Sow
Mr Wolf
Pollicino's father
Pollicino's mother
the Man-Eater
his wife

Instrumentation

3 Flauti a becco discanto
3 Flauti a becco soprano
2 Flauti a becco contralto
1 Flauto a becco tenore
1 Flauto a becco basso
1 Flauto traverso
1 Cromorno tenoreanche 2° Flauto a becco tenore
1 Cromorno basso
Timpani
PercussioneCimbalo
2 Triangoli
Piatti sospesi
Piatti a due
Watergong
Tamtam (ossia Lastra di metallo)
Sonagli
Campanello
3 Tamburelli
Tamburo basco
Tamburo militare
Grancassa e piatto
Grancassa
Maracas
Castagnette
Tubo
Chinese block
Matraca
Trinidad steel drum (ossia Metallofono contralto)
Bottiglie
Bicchieri
[per 5]
2 Glockenspiel(soprano/contralto)
3 Xilofoni(soprano, soprano-contralto, tenore)
Metallofono contralto
Armonica a bocca(oppure Armonio)
2 Chitarre
Armonio(oppure Organo elettrico)
Pianoforte
1 Salterio a corde soprano
1 Salterio a corde contralto
1 Salterio a corde tenore
1 Violino concertante
3 Violini
1 Violoncello
1 Contrabbasso

 

Strumenti dietro la scena

Matracas
Castagnette
3 Flauti a becco discanto