Stephan Peiffer (*1985) Vom Ende der Unschuld
Opera [solos,mix ch,orch] 2016 Duration: 150' Text: Theresita Colloredo and David Gravenhorst
Choir: SATB - orchestra (version for chamber orchestra): 1(picc).1(cor angl).1(B-clar).1. – 126.96.36.199. – timp.perc(2-3) – hp – str: 188.8.131.52.1.
World premiere: Wiesbaden, Schlachthof (Maifestspiele), May 30, 2018
Opera in five scenes after motifs from life and thougt of the German theologian and resistance fighter Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906–1945)
Duration: full evening
Characters: Angatha, property lady (alto) – Germa, her daughter (soprano) – Heman, their twin brother (tenor) – Drako, a cousin (baritone) – Brandolf, the administrator (bass) – Mete, the cook (mezzosoprano) – young servant (tenor) – sheperd (bariton) – doctor (bass) – servants and maids (Choir: SATB)
Coming to Terms with History by Music
What does a musical approach to German history’s worst perversion and contemptible inhumanity sound like? Stephan Peiffer recharges his opera “Vom Ende der Unschuld” (Of the End of Innocence) with a musical language employing a wide spectrum of Western music – from Gregorian phrases to serial passages, from modal scales to sound-surface composition. Through the variety of styles, a music emerges using the depths of our listening experience.
(Stephan Peiffer, 2017)