Joseph Martin Kraus (1756−1792)

Äfventyraren eller Resan till Månens Ö. Comic opera in 2 acts

VB 33 [VB 32] (earlier VB 31)

  • Year of composition: Stockholm autumn 1790 (according to van Boer)
  • Work category: Operetta / Comic opera
  • Text author: Johan Magnus Lannerstierna
  • First performed: 30 January 1791 at Munkbroteatern, Stockholm (according to van Boer)
  • Duration: Approx. 25-30 min
  • Detailed duration: Uncertain

Instrumentation

2.2.0.2 / 2.2.0.0 / timp (cont) / str

Solo voices/choir

Solo voices (some character names are unknown): 2 tenors, 1 bass (One fisherman)
En spoken part (High priest)

Choir: S.S., B.B., T.T.B.B., S.S.T.B., T.T.B.B.

Examples of printed editions

Musikaliskt tidsfördrif (1791; arrangement for pianoforte)

Location for score and part material

Transcription by the copyist Fredrik Samuel Silverstolpe exists at the collections of Uppsala University Library: Capsule 57:3a, 20. Si-S

  • Possible call no. and autograph comment: Autograph lost (it earlier existed at the library of the Royal Opera, according to van Boer)

Literature

van Boer Jr, Bertil H: Die Werke von Joseph Martin Kraus. Systematisch-thematisches Werkverzeichnis, the Royal Swedish Academy of Music series no. 56, Stockholm (1988); an updated edition in English with a partly revised VB-numbering was published in 1998 by Pendragon Press under the title 'Joseph Martin Kraus. A Systematic-Thematic Catalogue of His Musical Works and Source Study'

Description of work

Overture: Andante - Allegro vivace B-flat major 4/4 (C)
No. 1 Choir: Måtte vi i dessa lunder (Male choir [Fishermen])
No. 2 Choir: Låt oss då nyttja (Soloists [2 tenors, 1 bass], Male choir [Fishermen])
No. 3 Aria and Choir: Full af hopp man fiskar ser (One fisherman, Choir of basses)
No. 4 Choir: Dessa band och dessa knippor (Choir of sopranos [Girls/Maids])
No. 5 Melodrama: Af ängslan och af hufvudbry (Spoken part [High priest])
No. 6 Choir: Grufliga öde och fasliga syn (Mixed choir)
No. 7 Choir: Dödsqval, förskräckelse ensamt här rå (Mixed choir)


Libretto/text

No. 1 Choir: Måtte vi i dessa lunder (Male choir [Fishermen])

No. 2 Choir: Låt oss då nyttja (Soloists [2 tenors, 1 bass], Male choir [Fishermen])

No. 3 Aria and Choir: Full af hopp man fiskar ser (One fisherman, Choir of basses)

No. 4 Choir: Dessa band och dessa knippor (Choir of sopranos [Girls/Maids])

No. 5 Melodrama: Af ängslan och af hufvudbry (Spoken part [High priest])

No. 6 Choir: Grufliga öde och fasliga syn (Mixed choir)

No. 7 Choir: Dödsqval, förskräckelse ensamt här rå (Mixed choir)