Die ägyptische Helena, Op.75 (Strauss, Richard)

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Publisher. Info. Berlin: Adolph Fürstner, 1928. Plate A. 9029 F.
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4 more: Violins II • Violas • Cellos • Basses

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40 more: Flute 2 • Flute 3/Piccolo • Flute 4/Piccolo • Oboe 1 • Oboe 2 • English Horn • Clarinet (C) • Clarinet 1 (B♭/A) • Clarinet 2 (B♭/A) • Bass Clarinet (A/B♭)/Piccolo Clarinet (D) • Bassoon 1 • Bassoon 2 • Bassoon 3/Contrabassoon • Horn 1 (F/E) • Horn 2 (F/E) • Horn 3 (F/E/D/D♭) • Horn 4 (F/E/E♭/D/D♭) • Horn 5 (F/E/E♭/D/C) • Horn 6 (F/E/E♭/D/C) • Trumpet 1 (C/B♭/E♭/D) • Trumpet 2 (C/B♭/E♭/D) • Trumpet 3 (C/B♭/E♭/D) • Trumpet 4 (C/B♭/E♭/D) • Trumpet 5 (C/B♭/D) • Trumpet 6 (C/D) • Trombone 1 • Trombone 2 • Trombone 3 • Tuba • Timpani • Tam-Tam/Snare Drum/Glockenspiel • Bass Drum/Cymbals • Celesta • Harp 1 • Harp 2 • Violins I • Violins II • Violas • Cellos • Basses

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Original Version (1928)

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Arranger Otto Singer II (1865-1931), piano/organ reduction
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Arranger Otto Singer II (1865-1931), piano reduction
Publisher. Info. Berlin: Adolph Fürstner, Berlin. Plate 1928.
Berlin: Adolph Fürstner, 1933. Plate A. 7916 F. (supplement only)
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General Information

Work Title Die ägyptische Helena
Alternative. Title
Name Translations Egipatska Jelena (opera); L'Helena egípcia; Elena egizia; La Helena egipcia; Елена Египетская; Az egyiptomi Heléna; エジプトのヘレナ; 이집트의 헬레나; Egipatska Helena; 埃及的海倫
Name Aliases Die Agyptische Helena; Ägyptische Helena; Elena (Hofmannsthal)
Authorities WorldCat; Wikipedia; VIAF: 234306329; GND: 300156227
Composer Strauss, Richard
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. Op.75 ; TrV 255
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IRS 1
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 2 acts
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1924-27
First Performance. 1928-06-06 in Dresden, Semperoper
Fritz Busch (conductor)
First Publication. 1928
Librettist Hugo von Hofmannsthal (1874-1929)
Language German
Dedication Heinz Tietjen
Average DurationAvg. Duration 2 hours 20 minutes (140 minutes)
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Early 20th century
Instrumentation voices, mixed chorus (SATB), orchestra
InstrDetail
Cast
Helena, wife of Menelaus (soprano)
Menelaus (tenor)
Hermione, daughter of Helena and Menelaus (soprano)
Aithra, the daughter of an Egyptian King, a sorceress (soprano)
Altair (baritone)
Da-Ud, Altair's son (tenor)
Two Servants of Aithra (soprano, mezzo-soprano)
Four elves: (2 sopranos, 2 contraltos)
The omniscient sea-shell (contralto)

Mixed Chorus (SATB)

Elves, male and female warriors, slaves, eunuchs

Pit-Orchestra

4 flutes (3rd and 4th also piccolo), 2 oboes, English horn,
3 clarinets, bass clarinet (also piccolo clarinet), 3 bassoons (3rd also contrabassoon)
6 horns, 6 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba
timpani, percussion:
bass drum, tam-tam, snare drum, cymbals, glockenspiel
celesta, organ, 2 harps, strings (16,14,10,10,8)

Onstage Instruments (Act II)

6 oboes, 6 clarinets, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 4 trombone
timpani, 4 triangle, 2 tambourines, wind machine
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