Daphne, Op.82 (Strauss, Richard)

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Daphnis (2009/2/16)

Publisher. Info. Vienna: Richard Strauss (Selbstverlag), 1938.
Reissue — Mainz: B. Schotts Söhne, 1938.
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General Information

Work Title Daphne
Alternative. Title Bukolische Tragödie in Einem Aufzüge
Composer Strauss, Richard
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. Op.82 ; TrV 272
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 1 Act
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1936-37
First Performance. 1938-10-15 in Dresden: Semperoper
Karl Böhm (conductor)
First Publication. 1938
Librettist Joseph Gregor (1888-1960)
Language German
Average DurationAvg. Duration 105 Minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation Voices and Orchestra
Daphne, daughter of Peneios and Gaea: (soprano)
Peneios, a fisherman, father of Daphne: (bass)
Gaea, Peneios wife, mother of Daphne: (contralto)
Leukippos, a shepherd: (tenor)
Apollo (tenor)
1st Shepherd: (baritone)
2nd Shepherd: (tenor)
3rd Shepherd: (bass)
4th Shepherd: (bass)
1st Maid (Girl): (soprano)
2nd Maid (Girl): (soprano)
3 flutes (3rd also piccolo), 2 oboes, english horn, clarinet (C), 2 clarinets (B, A)
basset horn, bass clarinet (B, A), 3 bassoons, contrabassoon
4 horns (F, E, E, D), alphorn, 3 trumpets (C), 3 trombones, bass tuba
Timpani, percussion:
(Bass drum, cymbals, triangle, tambourine, tam-tam)
Organ, 2 harps, strings (
External Links Wikipedia article
Opera-guide.ch Libretto
Boosey & Hawkes page

Misc. Comments


  • Daphne (soprano)
  • Peneios, a fisherman, her father (bass)
  • Gaea, her mother (contralto)
  • Leukippos, a shepherd (tenor)
  • Apollo (tenor)
  • 4 Shepherds (tenor, baritone, 2 basses)
  • 2 Maids (2 sopranos)

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