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The Seven Deadly Sins

The Seven Deadly Sins

Ballet with Singing

Text by Bertolt Brecht

English translation by W. H. Auden and Chester Kallman

Version for 15 players by HK Gruber and Christian Muthspiel (2019)


  • Instrumentation: Ensemble
  • Language: German - English

 
Description
This new version reduces the instrumentation to 15 musicians while closely adhering to the original score. The chief point of reference was Kurt Weill’s handwritten piano reduction which permitted HK Gruber and Christian Muthspiel to recognise what Weill considered as fundamental musical concepts, and what he subsequently added in his colourful instrumentation. The objective was to retain the harmony and melodic structure, which initally appeared to be simple, but on closer inspection was actually highly sophisticated. To this end, the arrangers oriented themselves to other works by Weill with a smaller-scaled instrumentation such as the Kleine Dreigroschenmusik.
Details
Content text: I Prolog
II Faulheit
III Stolz
IV Zorn
V Völlerei
VI Unzucht
VII Habsucht
VIII Neid
IX Epilog 
Performance duration: 35'0"
Publisher: Schott Music
Year of composition: 1933
instrumentation: 1 (auch Picc.) · 0 · 2 · 1 - 1 · 1 · 1 · 0 - S. (P. · Beck. · Tamt. · 3 Tomt. · gr. Tr. mit Beck.) (1 Spieler) - Klav. · Banjo (auch Git.) - Str. (1 · 1 · 1 · 1 · 1)
occupation: Anna I · Sopran - Anna II · Tänzerin - Die Familie: Tenor I, II, Bariton, Bass (die Mutter) [Die transponierten Gesänge für tiefe Frauenstimme erschienen als Anhang zur Neuausgabe.]
Performances
Conductor: HK Gruber
Orchestra: Ensemble Modern
2019-09-21 | Bonn (Germany), World Conference Center Bonn, Saal »New York« | World Premiere
This new version reduces the instrumentation to 15 musicians while closely adhering to the original score. The chief point of reference was Kurt Weill’s handwritten piano reduction which permitted HK Gruber and Christian Muthspiel to recognise what Weill considered as fundamental musical concepts, and what he subsequently added in his colourful instrumentation. The objective was to retain the harmony and melodic structure, which initally appeared to be simple, but on closer inspection was actually highly sophisticated. To this end, the arrangers oriented themselves to other works by Weill with a smaller-scaled instrumentation such as the Kleine Dreigroschenmusik.
Content text: I Prolog
II Faulheit
III Stolz
IV Zorn
V Völlerei
VI Unzucht
VII Habsucht
VIII Neid
IX Epilog 
Performance duration: 35'0"
Publisher: Schott Music
Year of composition: 1933
instrumentation: 1 (auch Picc.) · 0 · 2 · 1 - 1 · 1 · 1 · 0 - S. (P. · Beck. · Tamt. · 3 Tomt. · gr. Tr. mit Beck.) (1 Spieler) - Klav. · Banjo (auch Git.) - Str. (1 · 1 · 1 · 1 · 1)
occupation: Anna I · Sopran - Anna II · Tänzerin - Die Familie: Tenor I, II, Bariton, Bass (die Mutter) [Die transponierten Gesänge für tiefe Frauenstimme erschienen als Anhang zur Neuausgabe.]
Conductor: HK Gruber
Orchestra: Ensemble Modern
2019-09-21 | Bonn (Germany), World Conference Center Bonn, Saal »New York« | World Premiere