Music theatre Children's / Youth opera 1984 1995

Jailhouse songs (Knastgesänge)

Three music-theatre-pieces For puppet players, singers and instrumentalists

Libretti by Hans-Ulrich Treichel
Variations about four songs by Hans Werner Henze (1984)
Composed by Jörg Widmann (1995)

I Anthony the thief
II Rodolfo Foscati
III Pantelleria, island of sorrow

Year of composition 1984
Revised version 1995
Duration 70 minutes

World premiere

World premiere 23. march 1996

Theater Basel, Foyer

Production Susanne Iphigenie Rost
Stage and costume design Stefan Bullerkotte
Conductor Graziella Contratto

Comment

These are three small works for the use of puppet players or amateur actors. They are about crime and punishment and are introduced by classical Italian jail songs, followed by the representation of the circumstances that led to the imprisonment of the protagonists. The first play is particularly suitable for elementary school use, the second one for middle and the last one for advanced high school performers.

Hans Werner Henze

Cast

Attori

3 voci bianci
1 soprano
2 tenori
1 baritono
2 bassi
4 parti parlati

Instrumentation

Organico completo

4 Flauti a becco soprano
contralto
tenore
basso
2 Flautianche Ottavini
1 Clarinetto
1 Cromornoo Fagotto
1 Tromba
1 Trombone tenore
Chitarra classica 
Chitarra elettrica 
Fisaramonica
Organico Orff
PercussioneGlockenspiel
Xilofono soprano
Xilofono contralto
Xilofono basso
Metallofono basso Timpani
3 Piatti sospesi
Grancassa
5 Tomtom
Tamburo militare
2 Bongos
Maracas
Guiro
Watergong
Tamtam basso
Lions roar
[per 4]
1 Violino
3 Salteriio Viole
1 Basso elettrico
1 Contrabbasso