Music theatre Ballet 1996

The Son of the Air or: The Child changed into a Young Man

(Le fils de l’air – Der Sohn der Luft oder: "L'enfant changé en jeune homme")

Ballet by Jean Cocteau (1962)

Commissioned by the Schwetzinger Festspiele

Period of composition 1995-96
Duration 35 minutes

World premieres

World premiere 25. May 1997

Schwetzinger Festspiele
Ballett der Staatsoper Unter den Linden
Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart

Choreography Jean-Pierre Aviotte
Conductor Sebastian Weigle

 

World premiere (Berlin premiere) 4. October 1997

Berlin · Staatsoper Unter den Linden

Production Hans Werner Henze
Choreography Marek Rozycki
Stage design Gerd Neubert
Costume design Hannelore Wedemeyer
Conductor Sebastian Weigle

Comment

It is advisable to perform “Signor Pulcinella”, “Le fils de l’air” and “Labyrinth” on one evening under the title “Dancing classes”.

Hans Werner Henze

Cast

a ten-years-old boy the boy as an adult

his mother

two young male jugglers

her father

her mother

a cyclist

two lovers

a group of field workers, spirits of the air, acrobats, messengers from the erl-king

Instrumentation

2 Flauti2° anche Flauto contralto e Ottavino
2 Oboi2° anche Corno inglese
2 Clarinetti 2° anche Clarinetto basso
2 Fagotti
2 Corni
2 Trombe
2 Tromboni
Timpani
PercussioneTriangolo
3 Piatti sospesi
3 Tamtam
Tamburo basco
Tamburo piccolo (con e senza la corda)
3 Tomtom
3 Bongos
Grancassa (con e senza il piatto)
Castagnette
Wood-block
Guiro
Raganella
Crotali
Glockenspiel
Marimba
Vibrafono
[per 4]
Arpa
Pianoforte anche Celesta
Archi
Dietro la scena
Campane tubolari