Music theatre Radio opera 1951 1994

A Country Doctor (Ein Landarzt)

Radio opera based on the novella by Franz Kafka

English by Wesley Balk

Year of composition 1951
Revised version 1994
Duration
25 minutes

Premio RAI in the framework of the Prix Italia 1953
Commissioned by the Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk Hamburg

World premiere

Presentation of the tape production in public November 19, 1951

Hamburg · Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk · Orchester des Nordwestdeutschen Rundfunks

Production Otto Kurth
Conductor Harry Hermann Spitz

 

First transmission November 29th, 1951

Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk

 

World premiere of revised versions of both radio operas September 27, 1996

Köln · Westdeutscher Rundfunk · Studio für Elektronische Musik des WDR · Kölner Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester

Conductor Markus Stenz

Comment

In both of my radio operas, written in the early 1950s for the North-West German Radio in Hamburg, there is a substantial elec- troacoustic component. Due to technological developments this can now be expanded, using new interpretations, and methods of realization.

Hans Werner Henze

Cast

Rosasoprano leggero
sopranothe daughter
contraltothe mother
tenorethe groom
baritonothe country doctor
voce bianca di contraltothe patient
bassothe father
coro piccolo di bambini

Instrumentation

1 Flautoanche Ottavino
1 Oboe
1 Corno inglese
1 Clarinetto
1 Clarinetto basso
1 Fagotto
1 Controfagotto
2 Corni
2 Trombe
1 Trombone
1 Tuba
PercussioneTimpani
Triangolo
Piatti sospesi
Piatti a due
Tamtam
Tomtom
Tamburo piccolo
Grancassa (con e senza il piatto)
Claves
Guiro
Maracas
Glockenspiel (piccolo)
Xilofono
Vibrafono
6 Campane tubolari
Tescini cinesi
Trinidad steel drum
[per 5]
Arpa
Celesta
3 Pianoforti(1° e 2° Pianoforte preparato)
Organo
Archi