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DER SCHAUM DER TAGE. Lyrical drama in three acts
and fourteen movements

Composer: Denisov, Edison
Lyricists: Kchel, Jrgen
Playing time: 140:00
Opus/Year: (1981)
Genre: Opera
Instrumentation: 2 S, MS, 4 T, 2 Bar, 3 Bass, 2 stumme Rollen, Kinderstimme - gem. Chor, Mnnerchor, Kinderchor 3(3Picc),3,3(Es-Klar,BKlar),ASax,TSax,3(KFag) 3,3,3,1 Schl (3 Trgl, Crot, 2 Bongos, 3 Tomt, Drums, Bk, 3 hg.Bk, Gl, 3 Gongs, 3 Tam-t, Glsp, Xyl, Vibr, Marimba, Xylorimba), Git, BGit, Harfe, Cel/Cemb, Klav, Streicher
Premiere performance: 15.03.1986 / Paris / F

Content:

The opera is set in a surrealistic future world which is delightful and gruesome at the same time. Colin and Chlo, two true children of happiness, become acquainted and fall in love in a circle of young dreamers. They marry and live carefree from day to day. This happiness does not last long, however. When Chlo comes down with a mysterious illness, the medical treatment requires their last financial reserves. The breakdown of their ideal world is as unstoppable as Chlos infirmity. She dies and leaves Colin in the bitter recognition that happiness, love and life run through ones hands like sand.

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