Robin Hood, to good to be true

(2012) 55' / for mezzo soprano and brass quintet / music theater for all 8 and up
 
libretto:Manfred Weiss
music: Mike Svoboda after motives from John Dowland (1563-1626)
Material: score with intergreted piano reduction

Premiere September 7th, 2013, Lucerne Festival
  • with Anne-May Krüger (mezzo soprano) and Amber Opheim (soprano) - alternating in performances - and the SonusBrass Ensembel with Stefan Dünser and Attila Krako (trumpets), Andreas Schucter (horn), Wolfgang Bilgeri (trombone), and Harald Schele (tuba)

Synopsis

Legends have the characteristic that they are told anew for many years, and even centuries, and at some point no-one knows any more what the true story was. Such is also true with Robin Hood. Luckily, however, we have a witness who lived at the same time as Robin and really knew how it truly was: Marian, Robin’s great love, can finally describe for us the true story from her own perspective. So, for example, we discover that Robin didn’t fight with a bow and arrow, as shown in many films, but with a variety of wind instruments. Yes, Robin was a musician, and he was such a virtuoso that he could lay robbers low, put down bandits and make young women profess their love with it. But, one thing after another. Marian gets to know Robin when he, with his trumpet, beats away a robber who wanted to steal the jug full of milk collected for her hungry siblings. She is very impressed with the young man, who is courageous, selfless, modest and quiet – but before she could thank him, he has already gone away. But, Love’s arrow has already hit Marian’s heart – Robin is the man of her dreams. Innumerable heroic acts must be performed – and so Robin has almost no time for Marian, and she asks herself, might it be better if there were more Robins, so that one could always have time for her? But no, she loves only one! And as the angry, always drunk Sheriff of Nottingham takes money from a beggar and Marian looks on quite insolently, Robin is once again on the scene, rescuing the donations and Marian’s honour. Marian tells him of her love for him, and Robin is speechless. She kisses him anyway, but then the wild hordes of the King arrive, and Robin must hide himself. Marian bravely confronts the men who want to arrest Robin because he takes from the rich to give to the poor. But the evil troop won’t be dissuaded, and lead Marian away. Alone in her dungeon, her thoughts circle around Robin, and suddenly he’s there – he has been able to play the troop into a deep sleep, and free his love. Now the both of them stand side by side with the poor and give back what was taken from them. And it looks as if the world can be a just and fair place: not just through Superman and Batman, but also through lots of Robins and Marians. 

Robin Hood Lucerne Festival 2013

Roles

Oma / Mariann - mezzo-soprano

Sheriff / various other roles - trombone

Robin / various other roless - trumpet 1 (also piccolo trumpet)

Robin / various other roles - trumpet 2 (also flugelhorn)

Robin / various other roles - horn

Robin / various other roles - tuba

Instrumentation

mezzo-soprano (oder Sopran) 

trumpet 1 in Bb (also piccolo trumpet in Bb)

- mutes: straight, cup, wawa
- 1 ACME mouth sirne placed on the open 3rd valve with a short piece of hose
- 1 harmonica in Eb (all holes taped shut except the two needed, instrument is attached to wrist)
- „hand puppet“ connected to the trumpet with a ca. 120 cm long hose on the 3rd valve
- 1 bird call „duck“
- 1 pocket-trumpet played through a ca. 490 cm long hose, connected to a deep-sea fishing rod or something similar

trumpet 2 in Bb (also flugelhorn in Bb)
- mutes: straight
- „hand puppet“ connected to the trumpet with a ca. 160 cm long hose on the 3rd valve
- 1 bird call „blue bird“
- 1 pocket-trumpet: on all three open valve tube bike horns are attached (eb2, g2, ab2 - sounding g2 blown out and a2 blown in)

horn in F
- mute: straight
- 1 ACME mouth sirne placed on the open 3rd valve with a short piece of hose
- 1 harmonica in Bb (all holes taped shut except the two needed, instrument is attached to wrist)
- „hand puppet“ connected to the trumpet with a ca. 160 cm long hose on the 3rd valve of the Bb horn
- 1 bird call „Rotkehlchen“

Posaune
- mutes: straight, plunger
- 1 ACME mouth sirne placed on the open fourth valve with a short piece of hose
- 1 harmonica in Cb (all holes taped shut except the two needed, instrument is attached to wrist)
- „hand puppet“ connected to the trumpet with a ca. 190 cm long hose on the fourth valve
- 1 bird call „Pirol“ 

Tuba
- mute: straight
- 1 ACME mouth sirne placed on the open 4th valve with a short piece of hose
- 1 harmonica in Gb (all holes taped shut except the two needed, instrument is attached to wrist)
- 1 melodica played with a bellow attached with elastic band under the right arm
- „hand puppet“ connected to the trumpet with a ca. 120 cm long hose on the 4th valve
- 1 bird call „nachtigall“

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