Die Fledermaus

Die Fledermaus - infidelity on the champagne In the waltz...

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Patrick Dunbar Dr. Eric Ohlsson Oboe Studio 19 February 2008 “Die Fledermaus” Die Fledermaus (or The Bat in English) is an operetta composed by Johann Strauss. It tells a story of revenge. The Baron von Eisenstein is sentenced to prison for eight days due to an incident involving the mockery of an officer. The Baron skips jail for one day to attend a ball, only to later find out the ball was a cover-up for his friend Falke to get revenge on Eisenstein. A year previous to this date, Eisenstein had left Falke in a drunken state in the middle of town dressed as a bat. This caused Falke to suffer from public ridicule and shame. The operetta ends with all the guests at the ball becoming imprisoned, and upon waking in the jail Falke tells the guests it was an act of revenge for “the bat.” Eisenstein is therefore serves out is full sentence and blames his
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Unformatted text preview: infidelity on the champagne. In the waltz, Strauss uses accidentals at the beginnings of measures that resolve at the ends, so it is easy for the oboist to gets his fingers tied. Also, because of the repeated rhythm, it is important to keep the same note lengths for each rhythmic sentence. The solo at the Andante con moto is very expressive and requires the oboist to use the full range of dynamics in their instrument. The strings are accompanying during the solo, so while playing expressively, it is also required to project the solo over the strings. The two recordings I listened to were Nikolaus Harnoncourt conducting the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Fran ois Leleux, oboist, and the Los Angeles Opera ḉ conducted by Placido Domingo. I could not find the name of the oboist at the time the recording was made....
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course ENC 1101 taught by Professor Szymanski during the Fall '07 term at FSU.

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