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The Hunting Gun - Das Jagdgewehr

The Hunting Gun - Das Jagdgewehr

Opera in 3 acts

Libretto by Friederike Gösweiner based on the novella by Yasushi Inoue

German version based on the translation by Oscar Benl


  • Language: German

 
Description
When I read the story of The Hunting Gun for the first time, I was immediately captured by its timelessness. It addresses questions encountered and recognised by absolutely everyone involved in relationships with other individuals, myself included, such as whether to stay or leave, speak out or stay silent, hold on or let go. The central focuses of the work are the illusions we maintain in almost every relationship, as well as the ultimate, profound loneliness inherent in every human being.

Three women, who have each misled and been misled in different ways, describe their relationship with a man, the owner of the eponymous hunting gun, in letters written from a wide variety of perspectives. This figure turns up enigmatically in the life of the narrating poet, and provides the external impetus for this record of events.

Set against the seemingly calm exterior of the plot, the music takes on the role of illustrating the storms raging within the various protagonists, shedding a microscopically fine light on their emotions. As is the case with many Japanese texts, The Hunting Gun involves a ritualistic aspect, which I uphold in my opera with a construction similar to that of a Passion. The sonorities of the solo instruments are spatially enhanced by seven choral singers. Thomas Larcher
Details
Auftragswerk : Auftragswerk der Bregenzer Festspiele
Performance duration: 100'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Year of composition: 2016-2018
instrumentation: 1(pic).1(ca).1(Ebcl, bcl, cbcl).1(cbsn)-1.1.1.0-2perc(timp, 2glsp, xyl, 2mar, 2vib, steel pans, tub bells, 4crot, b.d., ten.d, Indian drum, O-daiko, caisse claire, sm military drum, Frame drum, Bongo, 5templeblks, cowbell, oil barrel, 2 thundersheets, 2tam-tams, 6sus cym, Chinese cym, 2woodblks, 2sus paper, sandblks, whip, sm biscuit tin, vibraslap, ratchet)-cimbalom.acc.prepared pno(cel)-str(1.1.1.1.1)
occupation: Shoko · soprano - Midori · soprano - Saiko · mezzo-soprano - Dichter · tenor - Josuke Misugi · baritone - chorus (7 singers: SSMezATBarB)
Performances
Conductor: Michael Boder
Orchestra: Ensemble Modern
2020-03-19 | Amsterdam (Netherlands), Dutch National Opera — 20.00
Conductor: Michael Boder
Orchestra: Ensemble Modern
2020-03-17 | Amsterdam (Netherlands), Dutch National Opera — 20.00 | national Premiere
Conductor: Ryan Wigglesworth
Orchestra: Knussen Chamber Orchestra
2019-06-09 | Aldeburgh (United Kingdom), Snape Maltings Concert Hall — 17.00
Conductor: Ryan Wigglesworth
Orchestra: Knussen Chamber Orchestra
2019-06-07 | Aldeburgh (United Kingdom), Snape Maltings Concert Hall — 19:30 | national Premiere
Conductor: Michael Boder
2018-08-18 | Bregenz (Austria), Werkstattbühne — 20:00
Conductor: Michael Boder
2018-08-17 | Bregenz (Austria), Werkstattbühne — 20:00
Conductor: Michael Boder
2018-08-15 | Bregenz (Austria), Werkstattbühne — 20:00 | World Premiere
When I read the story of The Hunting Gun for the first time, I was immediately captured by its timelessness. It addresses questions encountered and recognised by absolutely everyone involved in relationships with other individuals, myself included, such as whether to stay or leave, speak out or stay silent, hold on or let go. The central focuses of the work are the illusions we maintain in almost every relationship, as well as the ultimate, profound loneliness inherent in every human being.

Three women, who have each misled and been misled in different ways, describe their relationship with a man, the owner of the eponymous hunting gun, in letters written from a wide variety of perspectives. This figure turns up enigmatically in the life of the narrating poet, and provides the external impetus for this record of events.

Set against the seemingly calm exterior of the plot, the music takes on the role of illustrating the storms raging within the various protagonists, shedding a microscopically fine light on their emotions. As is the case with many Japanese texts, The Hunting Gun involves a ritualistic aspect, which I uphold in my opera with a construction similar to that of a Passion. The sonorities of the solo instruments are spatially enhanced by seven choral singers. Thomas Larcher
Auftragswerk : Auftragswerk der Bregenzer Festspiele
Performance duration: 100'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Year of composition: 2016-2018
instrumentation: 1(pic).1(ca).1(Ebcl, bcl, cbcl).1(cbsn)-1.1.1.0-2perc(timp, 2glsp, xyl, 2mar, 2vib, steel pans, tub bells, 4crot, b.d., ten.d, Indian drum, O-daiko, caisse claire, sm military drum, Frame drum, Bongo, 5templeblks, cowbell, oil barrel, 2 thundersheets, 2tam-tams, 6sus cym, Chinese cym, 2woodblks, 2sus paper, sandblks, whip, sm biscuit tin, vibraslap, ratchet)-cimbalom.acc.prepared pno(cel)-str(1.1.1.1.1)
occupation: Shoko · soprano - Midori · soprano - Saiko · mezzo-soprano - Dichter · tenor - Josuke Misugi · baritone - chorus (7 singers: SSMezATBarB)
Conductor: Michael Boder
Orchestra: Ensemble Modern
2020-03-19 | Amsterdam (Netherlands), Dutch National Opera — 20.00
Conductor: Michael Boder
Orchestra: Ensemble Modern
2020-03-17 | Amsterdam (Netherlands), Dutch National Opera — 20.00 | national Premiere
Conductor: Ryan Wigglesworth
Orchestra: Knussen Chamber Orchestra
2019-06-09 | Aldeburgh (United Kingdom), Snape Maltings Concert Hall — 17.00
Conductor: Ryan Wigglesworth
Orchestra: Knussen Chamber Orchestra
2019-06-07 | Aldeburgh (United Kingdom), Snape Maltings Concert Hall — 19:30 | national Premiere
Conductor: Michael Boder
2018-08-18 | Bregenz (Austria), Werkstattbühne — 20:00
Conductor: Michael Boder
2018-08-17 | Bregenz (Austria), Werkstattbühne — 20:00
Conductor: Michael Boder
2018-08-15 | Bregenz (Austria), Werkstattbühne — 20:00 | World Premiere