Kafka: Letter to My Father (also German version "Liebster Vater" )

English libretto version by the composer, based on Kafka's "Brief an den Vater."

Stanley Walden

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Publisher: Theodore Presser Company
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Quick Overview

When he was 36, Franz Kafka wrote a letter to his father, in which he strongly criticized his father?s methods of child-rearing, which included ?cursing, threats, ironly, hurtful laughter and - curiously - self-accusation.? Walden used this letter, together with excerpts from other letters, to create a dramatic piece of music theater. As reviewed in the Weser-Kurier (Bremen), ?the theme is as old as mankind: misunderstood, neglected, unloved sons rebelling against their fathers. ? [Kafka?s] ?Dearest Father? letter?has entered into the world literature.? Ironically, the letter never reached its destination.

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Additional Information

Cast Voices Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Alto, Bass, non-singing male, non-singing boy, dancer
Composition Date 1996
Duration 01:30:00
Orchestration 1 0 2(Eb Cl./ B.Cl.) 0 - 2 1 1 0; 2Perc. Hp. Str. (2Vln. 2Vla. 2Vcl. 1Cb.)
Premiere 28th June, 2000, Center for Contemporary Opera, New York.