Igor Strawinsky (18821971)

The Rake's Progress/ Der Wüstling

Oper in drei Akten

for: Soloists, mixed choir, orchestra

Piano reduction

Item no.143373
Author/ComposerIgor Strawinsky
TextChester Kallman, Wystan Hugh Auden
Languagesgerman, english
Scope244 pages; 23 × 30.5 cm
Duration150 minutes
Publisher/ProducerBoosey & Hawkes
Producer No.BH 6600065
89.00 €
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (Germany )
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One inspiration for this "moral fable" in "Italian-Mozartian" style ("I will lace each aria into a tight corset") was Hogarth's series tracking the downfall of Tom Rakewell, who squanders his inheritance on women, gambling, and drink and dies in a madhouse. In Auden's much admired libretto, Tom is equipped with a sporadic moral conscience, as well as a satanic alter ego: Nick Shadow. As in Oedipus Rex, man is here a victim of implacable forces that control and crush him. But Anne Trulove, steadfast in devotion, rescues Tom's soul. The pervasive detachment of Stravinsky's score doubles the pathos of Anne's final lullaby.

Orchesterbesetzung: Major roles: lyrS,dramM,hT,Bar; minor roles: A,T,2B; chorus 2(II=picc).2(II=corA).2.2- bell/cuckoo-hpd(or pft)-strings