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Mainz: B. Schott's Söhne, 1922. Plate 31007.
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"Tanz der Holzpuppen" ('Dance of the Wooden Dolls') pages 11−13
Arrangements and Transcriptions
Tanz der Holzpuppen (No.7)
||First edition (reissued)
||Mainz: B. Schott's Söhne, No.1734, 1922. Plate 31007a.
||Weihnachtsmärchen mit Gesang und Tanz in drei Bildern von Hedwig Michel und Franziska Becker
|Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp.
||1922-12-13 in Darmstadt; Hessisches Landestheater [both orchestral suite and the opera]
- Walther Beck (conductor); Friedrich Schramm (stage direction);
Franz Langer (sets); Viktor Storck and Margarete Hess (costumes)
||1922 – Mainz: B. Schott's Söhne
||Hedwig Michel (1892–1982) and Franziska Becker (1874–1942)
|Average DurationAvg. Duration
||1 hour 15 minutes
|Composer Time PeriodComp. Period
||voices (and speaking), chorus, and orchestra |
- Master Tuttifant, a wood carver
Tuttifäntchen, a wooden puppet
Trudel, the master's sister
Neighbors (Stoffel, Klaus, Hannes) (spoken)
Children (Grete / Fritz / Lene) (spoken)
The Mayor (spoken)
The Confectioner (Spoken)
The Waffle Seller (Spoken)
The Fruit Women (Spoken)
- Chorus (SATB)
- Children, Village People, Neighbors, Wooden Puppet
- flute (also piccolo), oboe, clarinet (B♭/A), bassoon
horn (F), trumpet (B♭)
timpani, percussion (1 player), strings
- tambourine, snare drum, bass drum with cymbals, glockenspiel
MusicWeb review of cpo recording of Complete Incidental Music
Premiere - as ballet? (Costumer mentioned, which seems irrelevant to a suite-only performance) (See Hindemith Foundation link.)
Closer to a "play with music", as described @ MusicWeb & Wikipedia, than an opera. "Weihnachtsmärchen" according to Hindemith.
The "Tanz der Holzpuppen" was published separately in a piano arrangement. A suite of instrumental excerpts was compiled by Franz Willms in 1925 and published as ED 5861 (BSS 42018) in 1969.
- -Paul Hindemith: A Research and Information Guide