The famous tale by the Brothers Grimm about four displaced characters who take fate into their own hands and discover how much stronger they are as a group. The creator of this new German-Turkish children’s opera, in which bilingualism is presented as a natural part of our day-to-day lives, is the Turkish composer Attila Kadri Şendil.
A stubborn mule with a will of his own; a wild tearaway who isn’t in control of his own strength; gentleness personified, who wouldn’t hurt a soul; and a troublemaker who instantly voices every single emotion – these are the four companions whom fate brings together. Displaced, driven away, abandoned, abused and humiliated, they set out on their journey because »they can find a better place than this anywhere«. Bremen is the destination of their dreams. In the place where fairytales come true, they hope finally to find recognition, fame and fortune. Yet in order to dazzle on stage, they must first come together as a group – and not just musically. However: maestros don’t just fall from the sky!
Born in İzmir, the composer Attila Kadri Şendil studied the clarinet and composing in İstanbul, Paris and Memphis/USA, and today teaches at the Akdeniz Üniversitesi in Antalya. Although based on Oriental tonal systems, his music – whose style is extremely wide-ranging – also sounds extremely familiar to Western European listeners. Although the sound of the orchestra is enriched with Turkish instruments such as the zurna, bağlama, oud and qanun, Sendil’s score for the Grimm’s fairytale (which is also known in Turkey) is also influenced by a whole variety of different musical sources.