Music theatre Ballet 1995

Mr. Pulcinella in Despair Again (Le disperazioni del Signor Pulcinella)

Dance comedy with song

Libretto (freely adapted after Molière) by Sergio Sivori
English by David Paul Graham

Commissioned by the Schwetzinger Festspiele

Period of composition 1992-95
Original version 1949
Duration 50 minutes

World premiere

World premiere of the original version 30. December 1950

Wiesbaden

Hessisches Staatstheater
Choreography Edgar von Pelchrzim
Stage design Jean-Pierre Ponnelle
Conductor Hans Werner Henze

 

World premiere of the New version 25. May 1997

Schwetzinger Festspiele

Ballett der Staatsoper Unter den Linden
Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart
Choreography Dieter Heitkamp 
Conductor Sebastian Weigle

Comments

This piece represents an extended treatment of my old ballet “Jack Pudding” (1949). The drama is related, as before, to Molière’s “Georges Dandin” (the scenes were once intended to close each of the three acts, but they were never performed in this context). In 1992 I incorporated Neapolitan prose and songs, compiled for this purpose by the young Pulcinella actor Sergio Sivori.

Hans Werner Henze

Cast

Il Signor Pulcinella mimo
Smeraldina ballerinahis wife
Salvatore Lupino ballerinoan elegant cavalier
I coniugi mimi e/o balleriniSmeraldina’s parents
 
Speranzina ballerinaa little girl
Ermanno ballerino a postman
Fortunellaballerinahis fiancée
corpo di ballo young and elderly people

Instrumentation

1 Flautoanche Ottavino
1 Oboe
1 Clarinettoanche Sassofono tenore ad lib.
1 Fagotto
1 Corno
1 Tromba
1 Trombone
Timpani
Percussione3 Triangoli
3 Piatti sospesi
3 Tamtam
3 Tomtom
Tamburo basco
Tamburo piccolo
Grancassa (con e senza il piatto)
Bongos, Guiro
Castagnetti
Raganella
Frusta
Flauto a culisse
Caccavella brasiliana (Cuíca o Puíta)
Caccavella napoletana (Putipù)
Scetavajasse (Reco-Reco napoletane con sistri)
Crotali
Marimba
Vibrafono
Campane tubolari
Trinidad steel drum
Flessatono
[per 3]
Pianoforte anche Celesta e Fisarmonica ad lib.
Archi