Das Nusch-Nuschi, Op.20 (Hindemith, Paul)

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Publisher. Info. Mainz: Schott, 1921. Plate 30688.
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Arranger Reinhold Merten (1894-1943) and Composer
Editor First edition
Publisher. Info. Mainz: B. Schott's Söhne, No.3203, 1921. Plate 30687.
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Nusch-Nuschi Tänze

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Work Title Das Nusch-Nuschi
Alternative. Title Ein Spiel für burmanische Marionetten in einem Akt
Composer Hindemith, Paul
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. Op.20
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IPH 102
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 1 act
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1919 Summer, Frankfurt; 1920-08-14, Mallmitz.
First Performance. 1921-06-04 in Stuttgart, Württembergisches Landestheater
Fritz Busch (conductor); Otto Erhardt (stage direction);
Oskar Schlemmer (sets, costumes, choreography)
First Publication. 1921 – Mainz: Schott
Librettist Franz Blei (1871-1942)
Language German
Average DurationAvg. Duration 60 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Modern
Piece Style Modern
Instrumentation voices, chorus, orchestra
Mung Tha Bya, Emperor of Burma (bass)
Ragweng, the Crown Prince (spoken)
Field General Kyce Waing (bass)
The Master of Ceremonies (bass)
The Executioner (bass)
A beggar (bass)
Susulü, the Eunuch of the Emperor (tenor, falsetto)
The beautiful Zatwai (silent role)
Tum tum, his servent (tenor, buffo)
Kamadewa (tenor or soprano)
First Herold (bass)
Second Herold (tenor)
The four Women of the Emperor:
Bangsa (soprano)
Osasa (coloratura soprano)
Twaïse (alto)
Ratasata (soprano)
First Bayadere (soprano)
Second Bayadere (alto)
Two trained monkeys (tenors)
The Nusch-Nuschi (silent role)
First poet (tenor)
Second poet (bass)
First girl (soprano)
Second girl (alto)
Third Girl (soprano)


2 flutes (both also piccolo), 2 oboes, English horn, clarinet (E), 2 clarinets,
bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, contrabassoon
2 horns, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, bass tuba
timpani, percussion (4-5 players), celesta, harp, mandolin, strings (large complement)
snare drum, field drum, bass drum with cymbals, suspended cymbals, cymbals, large gong, triangle,
small and large tambourine, rattle, brush, xylophone, glockenspiel, 5 bells, cowbells, medium-large cowbell
External Links Hindemith Foundation
Wikipedia article
Extra Information A suite of dances was extracted from the score. Part of the third scene was revised in February 1924, but the revision was never performed. The full score of the revision (but not its version, also by the composer) was first published as an appendix to the volume of the opera in the SW (Sämliche Werke).
-Paul Hindemith: A Research and Information Guide