Pied Piper, The
|Full title||The Pied Piper of Hamelin op. 24 / Der Rattenfänger von Hameln op. 24|
Märchenspiel in vier Bildern / Children’s Play in four scenes; libretto by Helene Scheu-Riesz; arranged for musical setting and supplied with song texts by Rudolf Stephan Hoffmann; all texts later translated into English by Sylvia Spencer Welch.
1. Vorspiel / Prelude
Bild 1 / Scene 1
2. Chor der Ratten / Rat's Chorus
3. Lied des Rattenfängers / Song of the Pied Piper
Bild 2 / Scene 2
4. Der Rattenzauber / The Rat's Enchantment
5. Choral (Nun danket alle Gott) / Chorale
6. Rattenfänger und Kinderchor / Pied Piper and Children's Chorus
7. Zwischenspiel / Interlude
Bild 3 / Scene 3
8. Die Kinder im Berge / The Children in the Mountain
9. Die Kinder verlassen den Berg / The Children Leave the Mountain
Bild 4 / Scene 4
10. Die Kinder kehren heim / The Children Return Home
Orchestration: tenor, children’s chorus, speaking parts, 1,1,1,1,/horn/timp. (2 players)/perc./piano, harmonium/strings.
Most of the work was completed in 1932, but Weigl composed three additional sections in the two years following; the last of these additions bears the conclusion date 17 October 1934. See also Weigl's arrangement of the work as an orchestral suite.
No. 3, Lied des Rattenfängers / Song of the Piper, can be performed separately by voice and piano; vocal range D4–A5.
Performance duration: ca. 90 min.
|Manuscript sources||NYPL JOB 73-141, holograph of full score (7 folded folios [25 numbered and some unnumbered pages]), with composer’s datings at the ends of all sections. Most of the work—nos. 1 and 3–10—was completed in February and March 1932, the dates clustering between 2./III. [or possibly 2./II.] 1932 at the end of the Prelude to 6./III at the end of the Finale. A newly inserted no. 7, the Interlude, bears the date 20./IX. 1932. Three additional new sections—nos. 2a (which possibly replaced a discarded original no. 2), 4a, and 7a (Ballet)—were completed in October 1934; 4a, the last of these three new sections to be completed, is an extended 19-page section ending with the indication “Attaca No. 5 (Choral)” and the date and signature 17./X. 1934 / KW.|
|Publication details||1932, Universal Edition: U.E. 10.425, piano-vocal score, arr. Ernst Simon; U.E. 10.436, chorus score); and U.E. 10.430, libretto, German and English.|
|Availabiity||Piano reduction and orchestral score and parts available from ACA; orchestral score and parts for the numbers that make up the suite, piano reduction, choral score, and libretto available from KWF.|
Performances (click icon to expand or collapse list)
|June 1932***||Vienna, Im Hause von Frau Ottavio Schmitzr: Hermann Nagel, tenor; M. Schell-Noe, actor; Karl Weigl, piano.|
|1 May 1943**||New York, Trinity Church: Musical Arts Studio, dir. John Gutman, with Julius Burger, music director; Gordon Davis, stage director; Mario Giacolone, technical director; William Toole, chorus director (performance repeated 2 May 1943).|