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The Dancing Years (Original version)

Christopher Hassall, Ivor Novello

Full Length Musical, Drama  /  13f, 12m

The Dancing Years (Original version) libretto
Devised, written and composed by Ivor Novello, lyrics by Christopher Hassall

Gay Vienna, before the First World War; the perfect setting for rash, romantic promises. Composer Rudi Kleber, penniless and unknown, befriends the schoolgirl niece of his landlady, and vows to propose to no-one until she is old enough to have first …

The Dancing Years (Original version)

by  Christopher Hassall Ivor Novello

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Gay Vienna, before the First World War; the perfect setting for rash, romantic promises. Composer Rudi Kleber, penniless and unknown, befriends the schoolgirl niece of his landlady, and vows to propose to no-one until she is old enough to have first refusal. Operetta star Maria Ziegler recognizes his talent, sponsors his first success, and falls madly in love with him. But, foolishly idealistic, he keeps his word to the child until, three dancing years later, little Grete returns from finishing school, a highly attractive young lady. Maria overhears Rudi redeem his promise and, heartbroken, does not stay long enough to hear his profound relief at Grete's refusal. The dancing years come and go. Maria has married Prince Metterling, but when Rudi first meets her young son he has no doubt that the child is his own. The rising threat of Nazidom is casting shadows as the story reaches its dramatic close. Orchestration1st Violins A, B and C, 2nd Violins, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, 2 Flutes, Oboe, 2 Clarinets, 2 Horns, 2 Trumpets, Trombone (a few numbers are scored for 2nd Trombone, usually omitted), Drums. Musical Directors are advised to borrow the Conductor's score before commencing rehearsals with the company. Vocal score on sale separately Perusal material available
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  • Time Period: 1910s / WWI

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13f, 12m
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  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Large

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1st Violins A, B and C
2nd Violins
Viola
Cello
Double Bass
2 Flutes
Oboe
2 Clarinets
2 Horns
2 Trumpets
Trombone (a few numbers are scored for 2nd Trombone, usually omitted)
Drums

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Christopher Hassall

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Ivor Novello

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