Martin Bärenz (*1956) Peter Pan
[sp,orch] Duration: 50'
solo: sp – 126.96.36.199. – 188.8.131.52. – timp.perc(2) – harp – str.
World premiere: Ludwigshafen, February 19, 2011
Originally, Peter Pan was a theatre play (1904), rewritten into a novel by the author James Matthew Barrie, a Scotsman, in 1911. The story of the boy who wouldn’t grow up, the fairy Tinker Bell, Wendy and her brothers and last but not least Captain Hook is known to almost all children. There have been several movie adaptations, various musical settings and other arrangements in every imaginable way (e.g. musicals, alternative stage versions, novel adaptations etc.).
This version is a melodrama in a classical sense, a prose text that is accompanied by music throughout. The composition is meant to appeal to children, adolescents and their parents, too, thereby providing a chance to come into contact with the soundscape of symphonic music. The two songs, the “Lied der Indianer” and the “Piratenlied,” are written as opportunities for audience participation, the notes for this are also available at Breitkopf & Härtel. The rehearsal of the songs with the audience right before the beginning of the performance is not too complicated, as experience has shown.
Peter Pan also offers the possibility of incorporating a children’s ballet in various places in the story (e.g. at the flight over the ocean, the dance of the mermaids and the dance of the Indians), thereby promoting the cooperation with regional ballet schools – surely a desirable synergy effect. The whole piece lasts about 50 minutes.
(Martin Bärenz, in October 2017)