Marius Felix Lange: “Nutcracker’s Nightmare”
The operas of Marius Felix Lange, especially “Snow White”, “The Canterville Ghost”, “Die Schneekönigin”, “Das Opernschiff oder Am Südpol, denkt man, ist es heiß” have been incredibly successful. Many of his operas have also been performed on foreign stages, including those in Switzerland and France. Other points of emphasis in Lange’s work include orchestral compositions and Lieder. The American violinist Hilary Hahn had an unusual yet very clever idea in 2012 when she requested encore pieces from present-day composers. The cycle “In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores” were consecutively premiered by the violinist until the end of the 2012/13 season and recorded on CD. Amongst the submissions selected by Hilary Hahn during the course of an online contest, Marius Felix Lange’s violin piece “Nutcracker’s Nightmare” immediately ended up amongst the ten best-placed works. The title “Nutcracker’s Nightmare” recalls E.T.A. Hoffmann’s famous fairytale “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King”, the gloomily imaginative story in which a wooden toy is awakened to life and has to fight against the powers of darkness.