Les naufrageurs (Smyth, Ethel)

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Sheet Music

Vocal Scores

 Complete Score
#162125 - 19.28MB, 277 pp. -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - V/V/15 - 675x

PDF scanned by US-CHH
Massenetique (2011/12/8)

PMLP291039-Smyth - The Wreckers VS IArchUNC.pdf

German / English


H. Decker and John Bernhoff (fl.1890s-fl.1940), German text
Alma Strettell (1856-1939) and Ethel Smyth, English text

Publisher Info.:

Vienna: Universal Edition, 1916. Plate U.E. 5516.


Public Domain - Non-PD EU [tag/del]


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General Information

Work Title Les naufrageurs
The Wreckers
Alternative Title Lyrical Drama in Three Acts
Composer Smyth, Ethel
Movements/Sections 3 Acts
Year/Date of Composition 1902—4
First Performance 1906-11-11
Leipzig: Neues Theater (in German translation)
First Publication 1906
Librettist Henry Bennet Brewster (1850-1908)
Ethel Smyth
Language French
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation Vocal soloists, Chorus, Orchestra

Misc. Comments

It's customary (in England, anyway, but it's rarely performed elsewhere at present) to refer to this as The Wreckers- did the composer conceive of it as Les naufrageurs? If not, then I suppose I either will

(1) move titles of all the operas under Verdi and Donizetti to Loglan or Esperanto, e.g. (well, no, but then, I don't actually speak or read those languages at present (though they do fascinate), so it's an idle threat)
(2) move this where it should be.

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