Capriccio, Op.85 (Strauss, Richard)

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Publisher. Info. Mainz: B. Schott's Söhne, 1942.
London: Boosey & Hawkes, 1942 (co-publisher)
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Misc. Notes Composer listed as copyright claimant: "Copyright Richard Strauss, 1942."
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Work Title Capriccio
Alternative. Title Konversationsstücke für Musik (A Conversation Piece for Music)
Composer Strauss, Richard
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. Op.85 ; TrV 279
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 1 act
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1940-41
First Performance. 1942-10-28 in Munich, Nationaltheater
Bavarian State Opera, Clemens Krauss (conductor)
First Publication. 1942
Librettist Composer and Clemens Krauss (1893–1954)
Language German
Average DurationAvg. Duration 130 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Early 20th century
Instrumentation Voices, Chorus and Orchestra
Cast
Countess Madeleine, a young widow: (soprano)
Clairon, an actress: (contralto)
Flamand, a musician: (tenor)
Olivier, a poet: (baritone)
The Count, brother of Countess Madeleine: (baritone)
La Roche, a theatre director: (bass)
Monsieur Taupe, a prompter: (tenor)
2 Italian singers: (soprano, tenor)
Major-domo (bass)
8 servants: (4 tenors, 4 basses)
A young dancer: (silent role)
Chorus (SATB)
Musicians and servants
Pit Orchestra
3 flutes (3rd also piccolo), 2 oboes, english horn, clarinet (C), 2 clarinets (B)
basset horn, bass clarinet (B), 3 bassoons (3rd also contrabassoon)
4 horns (F, E, E, D, C), 2 trumpets (C, B), 3 trombones
Timpani, percussion:
(Bass drum, cymbals)
Harpsichord, 2 harps, strings (16,16,10,10,6)
On-Stage Ensemble
Harpsichord, violin, cello
Backstage Ensemble
String Sextet (2 vlns I, 2 vlns II, 2 vlas)
External Links Wikipedia article
Opera Guide
Boosey & Hawkes page

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Roles

  • Countess Madeleine, a young widow (soprano)
  • Clairon, an actress (contralto)
  • Flamand, a musician (tenor)
  • Olivier, a poet (baritone)
  • The Count, brother of Countess Madeleine (baritone)
  • La Roche, a theatre director (bass)
  • Monsieur Taupe, a prompter (tenor)
  • 2 Italian singers (soprano, tenor)
  • A young dancer (silent role)
  • Major-domo (bass)
  • 8 servants (4 tenors, 4 basses)
  • 3 musicians (violin, cello, harpsichord)


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