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Lob der Torheit

Lob der Torheit

Burleske Kantate nach Worten von Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

für Koloratursopran, Vorsänger (Tenor), Bass, gemischten Chor und großes Orchester


  • Instrumentation: coloratura soprano, tenor, bass mixed choir and large orchestra
  • Edition: performance material
  • Language: German

 
Description
Without a doubt, Bernd Alois Zimmermann possessed a sense of humour as much as he valued the trait in other artists. He considered the ‘slightly zany’ side of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe insufficiently acknowledged in the public eye and composed this cantata in celebration of Goethe’s anniversary year in 1948. He avoided any technical difficulties in the choral parts, making the work suitable for performance by amateur and children’s choirs. Zimmermann embellishes the five texts by Goethe in catchy settings with musical quotations, compositional ‘errors’, exagerations and many other entertaining follies.

It was perhaps the cantata’s similarity to the fi nal movement of Ludwig van Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and, moreover, Carl Orff ’s Carmina Burana that awakened Schott’s interest in Lob der Torheit following a recommendation by Wolfgang Fortner. This was the first of Zimmermann’s compositions to be printed by the publisher, ultimately leading to an exclusive publishing deal with Schott.
Details
Content text: Vorspiel
I Kophtisches Lied "Lasset Gelehrte sich zanken und streiten..."
II Pastorale giocoso "Es war ein fauler Schäfer..." - III Pastorale serioso "Ein Blumenglöckchen vom Boden..."
IV Totalität "Ein Kavalier von Kopf und Herz..."
V Epilog des Narren "Manch gutes Werk habe ich verrichtet..."
Performance duration: 30'0"
Publisher: Schott Music
Uraufführung : 25. Mai 1948 Köln (D) Niederrheinisches Musikfest 1948 · Anita Westhoff, Sopran; Helmut Krebs, Tenor; Ewald Kaldeweier, Bass · Dirigent: Günter Wand · Gürzenich-Orchester · Gürzenich-Chor
Year of composition: 1948
instrumentation: 3 (2., 3. auch Picc.) · 2 · Engl. Hr. · 2 (2. auch Es-Klar.) · Bassklar. · 3 (3. auch Kfg.) - 4 · 3 · 3 · 1 - P. S. (Glsp. · Xyl. · Trgl. · 2 Beck. · hg. Beck. · Tamt. · 2 kl. Tr. · Tomt. · Rührtr. · gr. Tr. · Holztr.) (3 Spieler) - Hfe. · Cel. · 2 Klav. - Str.
Performances
Conductor: Günter Wand
Orchestra: Gürzenich-Orchester
1948-05-25 | Köln (Germany) | World Premiere
Without a doubt, Bernd Alois Zimmermann possessed a sense of humour as much as he valued the trait in other artists. He considered the ‘slightly zany’ side of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe insufficiently acknowledged in the public eye and composed this cantata in celebration of Goethe’s anniversary year in 1948. He avoided any technical difficulties in the choral parts, making the work suitable for performance by amateur and children’s choirs. Zimmermann embellishes the five texts by Goethe in catchy settings with musical quotations, compositional ‘errors’, exagerations and many other entertaining follies.

It was perhaps the cantata’s similarity to the fi nal movement of Ludwig van Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and, moreover, Carl Orff ’s Carmina Burana that awakened Schott’s interest in Lob der Torheit following a recommendation by Wolfgang Fortner. This was the first of Zimmermann’s compositions to be printed by the publisher, ultimately leading to an exclusive publishing deal with Schott.
Content text: Vorspiel
I Kophtisches Lied "Lasset Gelehrte sich zanken und streiten..."
II Pastorale giocoso "Es war ein fauler Schäfer..." - III Pastorale serioso "Ein Blumenglöckchen vom Boden..."
IV Totalität "Ein Kavalier von Kopf und Herz..."
V Epilog des Narren "Manch gutes Werk habe ich verrichtet..."
Performance duration: 30'0"
Publisher: Schott Music
Uraufführung : 25. Mai 1948 Köln (D) Niederrheinisches Musikfest 1948 · Anita Westhoff, Sopran; Helmut Krebs, Tenor; Ewald Kaldeweier, Bass · Dirigent: Günter Wand · Gürzenich-Orchester · Gürzenich-Chor
Year of composition: 1948
instrumentation: 3 (2., 3. auch Picc.) · 2 · Engl. Hr. · 2 (2. auch Es-Klar.) · Bassklar. · 3 (3. auch Kfg.) - 4 · 3 · 3 · 1 - P. S. (Glsp. · Xyl. · Trgl. · 2 Beck. · hg. Beck. · Tamt. · 2 kl. Tr. · Tomt. · Rührtr. · gr. Tr. · Holztr.) (3 Spieler) - Hfe. · Cel. · 2 Klav. - Str.
Conductor: Günter Wand
Orchestra: Gürzenich-Orchester
1948-05-25 | Köln (Germany) | World Premiere