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Blond Eckbert - Pocket Version

By Judith Weir

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Composed by Judith Weir (1954-). Classical. Part. Composed 2006. Chester Music #MUSCH71016-01. Published by Chester Music (BT.MUSCH71016-01).

Item Number: BT.MUSCH71016-01

With a libretto written by Weir herself, based on the cryptic supernatural short story Der Blonde Eckbert by Ludwig Tieck. This one act pocket version of the opera makes use of a Chamber group ratherthana full Orchestra, and omits the chorus.

'Eckbert and his wife Berthe live in seclusion in the Harz Moutains. One stormy night, Eckbert's friend Walther arrives and, to while away the time, Berthe tells him herlifestory.

Walther mysteriously knows a great deal about Berthe' s early life and Eckbert's suspicions grow, eventually leading him to murder Walther during a hunting expediton.

Consumed by terror andsuspicion,Eckbert retreats into seclusion and revisits the fairy-tale scenes of Berthe's childhood, accompanied by a magical singing bird. He encounters the old woman who raised Berthe, and at last learns the terrible truth aboutWalther,Berthe, and himself.'
- Judith Weir

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