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Small Tales, tall tales

Small Tales, tall tales

A Grimm Sequence

(after stories by the Brothers Grimm)

for soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone and chamber ensemble


  • Instrumentation: soprano, mezzo soprano, tenor, baritone and chamber ensemble
  • Edition: performance material
  • Language: English
  • Order No.: LSL 10101-01

Description
The comic, anecdotal, grotesque and irrational are all exemplified in the Nursery and Household Tales (1812–15) collected by the Brothers Grimm, and it is from this source that the texts for Small Tales, tall tales come. The texts are presented in the manner of a story-telling competition, with one tale, or the tale’s teller, attempting to out-do the previous one in some way.

This manner of story-telling is drawn from the German ‘gathering of fools’ or narrentreffen (a tradition that has varied roots in many European countries). It is often a platform for the telling of tales, some moral, some nonsensical; processions, singing, dancing and general merriment all form a part of the occasion.

Ken Hesketh.
Details
Auftragswerk : Schlauraffen Land commissioned by Taylor Wessing; The Ungrateful Son commissioned by Mel Shakespeare; The Golden Key commissioned by Elysia Rothery; The Singing Bone commissioned by Sienna Rothery
Content text: I Kleine Ouvertüre
II The story of Schlauraffenland
III The ungrateful Son
IV Knöst and His Three Sons
V The Singing Bone
VI Beneath Stairs
VII The Golden Key
VIII Envoi (Abschied)
Performance duration: 20' 0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Uraufführung : 14. Juni 2006 London, Royal Opera House, Linbury Theatre (UK) · The Opera Group Ensemble; Claire Wild, soprano; Heather Shipp, mezzo-soprano; Mark Wilde, tenor; Owen Gilhooly, baritone · Dirigent: Patrick Bailey · Inszenierung: John Fulljames · Kostüme: Adam Wiltshire · Bühnenbild: Adam Wiltshire (szenische Aufführung)

7. Mai 2009 Liverpool, The Cornerstone, Hope at Everton (UK) · Lisa Moffat, soprano; Kathryn Rudge, mezzo soprano; Matthew Moss, tenor; Adam Marsden, baritone · Dirigent: Clark Rundell · Ensemble 10/10 (konzertante Uraufführung der revidierten und erweiterten Version)
Year of composition: 2006 (2009)
instrumentation: ob(ca).cl.bcl-2hn-hp-2vn.2vc
Performances
Conductor: Clark Rundell
Orchestra: Ensemble 10/10
2009-05-07 | Liverpool (United Kingdom), The Cornerstone, Hope at Everton — 19.30 h | World Premiere
Conductor: Patrick Bailey
2006-07-29 | Birmingham (United Kingdom), Crescent Theatre — 19.30 h
Conductor: Patrick Bailey
2006-07-08 | Oxford (United Kingdom), The Playhouse — 19.30 h
Conductor: Patrick Bailey
2006-07-02 | Cheltenham (United Kingdom), Everyman Theatre — 19.30 h - Cheltenham Music Festival 2006
Conductor: Patrick Bailey
2006-06-30 | Manchester (United Kingdom), Royal Northern College of Music — 19.30 h
Conductor: Patrick Bailey
2006-06-18 | Sheffield (United Kingdom), Lyceum Theatre — 19.15 h
Conductor: Patrick Bailey
2006-06-17 | London (United Kingdom), Royal Opera House, Linbury Theatre — 19.30 h
Conductor: Patrick Bailey
2006-06-15 | London (United Kingdom), Royal Opera House, Linbury Theatre — 19.30 h
Conductor: Patrick Bailey
2006-06-14 | London (United Kingdom), Royal Opera House, Linbury Theatre — 19.30 h | World Premiere
The comic, anecdotal, grotesque and irrational are all exemplified in the Nursery and Household Tales (1812–15) collected by the Brothers Grimm, and it is from this source that the texts for Small Tales, tall tales come. The texts are presented in the manner of a story-telling competition, with one tale, or the tale’s teller, attempting to out-do the previous one in some way.

This manner of story-telling is drawn from the German ‘gathering of fools’ or narrentreffen (a tradition that has varied roots in many European countries). It is often a platform for the telling of tales, some moral, some nonsensical; processions, singing, dancing and general merriment all form a part of the occasion.

Ken Hesketh.
Auftragswerk : Schlauraffen Land commissioned by Taylor Wessing; The Ungrateful Son commissioned by Mel Shakespeare; The Golden Key commissioned by Elysia Rothery; The Singing Bone commissioned by Sienna Rothery
Content text: I Kleine Ouvertüre
II The story of Schlauraffenland
III The ungrateful Son
IV Knöst and His Three Sons
V The Singing Bone
VI Beneath Stairs
VII The Golden Key
VIII Envoi (Abschied)
Performance duration: 20' 0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Uraufführung : 14. Juni 2006 London, Royal Opera House, Linbury Theatre (UK) · The Opera Group Ensemble; Claire Wild, soprano; Heather Shipp, mezzo-soprano; Mark Wilde, tenor; Owen Gilhooly, baritone · Dirigent: Patrick Bailey · Inszenierung: John Fulljames · Kostüme: Adam Wiltshire · Bühnenbild: Adam Wiltshire (szenische Aufführung)

7. Mai 2009 Liverpool, The Cornerstone, Hope at Everton (UK) · Lisa Moffat, soprano; Kathryn Rudge, mezzo soprano; Matthew Moss, tenor; Adam Marsden, baritone · Dirigent: Clark Rundell · Ensemble 10/10 (konzertante Uraufführung der revidierten und erweiterten Version)
Year of composition: 2006 (2009)
instrumentation: ob(ca).cl.bcl-2hn-hp-2vn.2vc
Conductor: Clark Rundell
Orchestra: Ensemble 10/10
2009-05-07 | Liverpool (United Kingdom), The Cornerstone, Hope at Everton — 19.30 h | World Premiere
Conductor: Patrick Bailey
2006-07-29 | Birmingham (United Kingdom), Crescent Theatre — 19.30 h
Conductor: Patrick Bailey
2006-07-08 | Oxford (United Kingdom), The Playhouse — 19.30 h
Conductor: Patrick Bailey
2006-07-02 | Cheltenham (United Kingdom), Everyman Theatre — 19.30 h - Cheltenham Music Festival 2006
Conductor: Patrick Bailey
2006-06-30 | Manchester (United Kingdom), Royal Northern College of Music — 19.30 h
Conductor: Patrick Bailey
2006-06-18 | Sheffield (United Kingdom), Lyceum Theatre — 19.15 h
Conductor: Patrick Bailey
2006-06-17 | London (United Kingdom), Royal Opera House, Linbury Theatre — 19.30 h
Conductor: Patrick Bailey
2006-06-15 | London (United Kingdom), Royal Opera House, Linbury Theatre — 19.30 h
Conductor: Patrick Bailey
2006-06-14 | London (United Kingdom), Royal Opera House, Linbury Theatre — 19.30 h | World Premiere