Bösendorfer (Beischer-Matyó, Tamás)


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Arranger Composer
Publisher. Info. Tamás Beischer-Matyó
Misc. Notes This score includes the vocal-piano version of the opera, which a full valued version of the work and may be performed itself as well. The material of the piano part occasionally is different from chamber version, but if necessary, it can be used to vocal score as well.
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General Information

Work Title Bösendorfer
Alternative. Title a chamber opera in one act
Composer Beischer-Matyó, Tamás
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 19 numbers
  1. Introduction
  2. No.1 The Business
  3. Intermezzo I
  4. No.2 Power of the Regime
  5. Intermezzo II
  6. No.3 Family Ties
  7. Intermezzo III
  8. No.4 The Expert
  9. Intermezzo IV
  10. No.5 The Lady
  11. Intermezzo V
  12. No.6 Desperation Creates Demons
  13. Intermezzo VI
  14. No.7 The Arrogant Butler
  15. Intermezzo VII
  16. No.8 The Disclosure
  17. Intermezzo VIII
  18. No.9 The Great Confession
  19. Epilogue: The New Business
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1988-1991 ; 2009 ; 2011-2012
First Publication. 2001
Librettist Ferenc Karinthy (1921–1992)
Language Hungarian
Average DurationAvg. Duration 110 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Modern
Piece Style Modern
Instrumentation voices, chamber group
Seller (soprano)
Buyer (tenor)
The Doubles of Buyer:
Captain Balikó (bass-baritone)
Bobby (boy soprano)
Granny (mezzo-soprano)
Gustav Visincei - alias Wisintzeÿ alias Vacek (dramatic baritone)
Ritter Margit (soprano)
Mr. Ferenczi's butler (charaktertenor)
Telephone operator (contralto)
flute (doubling piccolo), clarinet in B (doubling bass clarinet in B),
bassoon (doubling contrabassoon), trumpet in B (doubling cornet in B)
percussion (single player: timpani, triangle, xylophone, vibraphone, tambourine, conga drums, snare drum, bass drum, cymbal suspended)
violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano

Misc. Comments

This drama of Ferenc Karinthy originally has two persons. But while an actor may easily solve the task of figuring five or six persons in five or six different voices, it means a challenge unsolvable for an opera singer.

Therefore, in this opera, the changes in persons imagined by Buyer will appear as real persons for the Audience. It is the director’s task to present the male and female singers of different tones and aged variously in a manner where the Audience clearly see the same persons showing different characters both to Seller and the Audience.