Music theatre Opera 1964

A Country Doctor (Ein Landarzt)

Opera in one act

a word-for-word setting of the story by Franz Kafka (English by Wesley Balk)
New version 1964 (adaptation for theatre of the radio opera)

Year of composition 1964
Duration 33 minutes

World premiere

World premiere November 30th, 1965

Frankfurt am Main · Städtische Bühnen

Production, stage- and costume design Hans Neugebauer
Conductor Wolfgang Rennert

Comment

Kafka’s mystical, metaphysical dream narrative, which in the original composition as a radio opera was furnished with nume- rous electronic sound effects, echoes and the like, is here presented without this compo- nent, for concert or stage performance.

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 Oboeanche Corno inglese
1 Clarinettoanche Clarinetto basso
1 Fagotto
1 Corno
1 Tromba
1 Trombone
PercussioneTimpani
Triangolo
Piatti sospesi
Piatti a due
Tamtam
2 Tomtom
Tamburo piccolo
Grancassa (con e senza il piatto)
Claves
Maracas
Glockenspiel (piccolo)
Xilofono
Vibrafono
6 Campane tubolari
[per 3]
Pianoforte a quattro mani(o due Pianoforti)
Organo ad lib.
Archi