Music theatre Ballet 1952 1990

The Idiot (Der Idiot)

Mimodrama. Scenes from the novel of the same title by Fyodor M. Dostoyevsky

Based on an idea by Tatjana Gsovsky
Poem (Myshkin’s monologues) by Ingeborg Bachmann (1953)

Year of composition 1952
Revised version1990
Duration 40 minutes

Dedicated to Luchino Visconti

World premieres

World premiere 1. september 1952

Berliner Festwochen · Hebbel-Theater

Choreography Tatjana Gsovsky
Stage design Jean-Pierre Ponnelle
Titlerole Klaus Kinsky
Conductor Rudolf Alberth

 

World premiere of the text version by Ingeborg Bachmann 8. january 1960

Berlin · Ensemble der Städtischen Oper

Choreography Tatjana Gsovsky

 

World premiere of the revised verison 29. march 1996

Theater Basel

Production Andreas Rochholl
Stage and costume design Andreas Tschui
Conductor Joachim Krause

Comment

This is the history and tragedy of an indivi- dualist, a saint, who is destroyed by the en- raged passions of the people around him, and by their fate. It is told in dance, mime, monologues and music. The number of dancers can be reduced at will, the role of the protagonist may be shared between a speaker and a dancer.

Hans Werner Henze

Cast

Fürst Myschkin attore e ballerino
Nastassia Filipowna ballerina
Aglajaballerina
ballerinesociety ladies
Tozkiballerino
Rogoschinballerino
Ganjaballerino
General Epantschinballerino
ballerinisociety gentlemen

Instrumentation

1 Flautoanche Ottavino
1 Clarinetto
1 Fagotto
1 Tromba
1 Trombone
Percussione

Triangolo
Piatto sospeso
Tamtam
2 Tomtom
Tamburo piccolo (con la corda)
Claves
Xilofono

[per 1]

Pianoforte
1 Violino o gruppi d'archi
1 Viola
1 Violoncello
1 Contrabbasso

 

 Banda

1 Oboe
1 Corno inglese
1 Corno