This production, commissioned by the renowned concert hall “Musikverein Wien”, is probably the first complete version since its successful premiere in the Vienna Court Opera in 1910. It was the 11 year old child prodigy E.W. Korngold, who wrote the story and composed this two-act music pantomime “The Snowman”. This was the beginning of Korngold´s fame as a “Wunderkind” and of his further career as a composer of operas and film music, after emigrating in 1936 to Hollywood, where he won two Oscars for his movie scores.
Pierrot, a poor fiddler, loves the beautiful Columbine, whose guardian uncle, Pantalon, does all he can to upset the match, as he himself wishes to win the heart of his niece. The young lovers cannot get together. It is a snowman, that gives the love-sick Pierrot an idea which changes the fate of all… thereby leading to the loving young couple’s happy escape. The setting is a fair and the house of Pantalon. Here you find a more detailed synopsis.
About the musical arrangement:
For this performance the original version for piano was arranged by Reza Najfar for transverse flute, violin and piano. The world premiere of the arrangement was played by the „Ensemble Triophonus Viennensis“ (Theresia Schumacher, Setareh Najfar and Reza Najfar) on December 2, 2017 in Musikverein Vienna.