Bernd Alois Zimmermann (1918-1970)

Die Soldaten (1957 -1963)

vocal symphony for six soloists and orchestra
[Les Soldats]

  • General information
    • Composition date : 1957 - 1963
    • Duration : 30 mn about
    • Publisher : Schott
Detailed formation
  • soloists : solo soprano [colorature] , solo mezzo-soprano, solo contralto, solo tenor, solo baritone, solo bass voice
  • 4 flutes (also 4 piccolos, 1 alto flute), 3 oboes (also 1 English horn), 4 clarinets (also 1 E-flat clarinet, 1 bass clarinet), alto saxophone, 3 bassoons (also 1 contrabassoon), 5 horns (also 1 tuba), 4 trumpets [en ut] , 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, 6 percussionists [à 8] , harp, guitar, harpsichord, piano (also celesta), 14 violins, 12 second violins, 10 violas, 10 cellos, 8 double basses

Premiere information

  • Date : 20 May 1963
    Location :

    Allemagne, Cologne, Musik der Zeit


    Performers :

    Joan Carroll : soprano, Jeanne Deroubaix : mezzo-soprano, Helen Raab : contralto, Hans Ulrich Mielsch : ténor, Günter Reich : baryton, Eduard Wollitz : basse, Kölner Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester, direction : Jan Krenz.

Table of contents

  • Preludio ;
  • Premier acte, Introduzione ;
  • Premier acte, Scène 3 (Ricercari I) ;
  • Premier acte, Scène 5 (Notturno I) ;
  • Deuxième acte (Intermezzo) ;
  • Deuxième acte, Scène 2 (Capriccio, Corale e Ciacona II).