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Summer is festival time. Even if it was as hot as it has been this year. The three big and traditional music festivals in German-speaking countries – the Bayreuth Festival, the Salzburg Festival and the Lucerne Festival – once again had world stars to offer exciting programmes and scandals. The most spectacular thing this year was the cancellation of Roberto Alagna, who was scheduled to sing at Lohengrin, just two days before rehearsals began in Bayreuth.
Those who did not get tickets or did not want to afford the trip had the opportunity to experience many of the concerts and opera performances on the radio, television, and increasingly often via video livestream on the Internet. For example, you can watch the opening premiere of Bayreuth on the BR-Klassik page at any time until the end of the year!
But it’s still best to make your own music. Therefore, we would like to remind you of the beautiful tradition from the 19th century of making popular operas in shortened arrangements for family and friends. We have a few suggestions:
from the opera “The Magic Flute”
By Christian Gottlob Neefe, a contemporary of Mozart, these light arrangements for piano for four hands originate. The “Magic Flute” was newly staged this summer in Salzburg, with a figure of the grandfather congenially invented as a “narrator”.
arranged for violin (flute), viola and guitar
Antoine de Lhoyer (1768-1852) made this arrangement for a rather unusual cast.
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Wagner’s “Tristan” was again staged this year by Katharina Wagner, the director of the Bayreuth Festival. Even in this version for string sextet the music of this opera loses nothing of its romantic longing for love and death. Like the original, this arrangement is not easy to play and requires at least a semi-professional level from all participants!
The idea of the untouchable musical work of art is a child of the late 19th century. For centuries, the reworking of works and their adaptation to the circumstances of the respective performance was the norm.
Carus-Verlag takes up this pragmatic approach to masterpieces and offers a whole series of famous choral works with a reduced orchestral cast. This not only makes large works possible for smaller choirs - the new versions immerse the well-known works in an often refreshingly new sound.
The scope of the poems in the original ranges from a slightly reduced number of wind instruments (Haydn: The Creation) to chamber orchestra instrumentation (Brahms: Requiem and Schicksalslied, Dvořák: Stabat mater) to truly substantial revisions: While Bruckner’s Te Deum with brass quintet and organ suggests the power of the original version, Dvořák’s Mass in D with woodwind quintet offers a very chamber music sound. The most distant from the original is the imaginative arrangement of Verdi’s Requiem for only five musicians: horn, double bass, piano, marimba and percussion. The “blows of fate” of the bass drum, which are so characteristic of this work, must not, of course, be missing in this version either.
Both piano and choral scores can be used in all revisions, as well as combining the string parts of the original version.