a musical story


36 minutes 


version I: chamber ensemble 
Actress, flute/piccolo, clarinet, percussion (1), two pianos and string quintet (2 vln, vla, vcl, DB)

version II: chamber orchestra
Actress, flute/piccolo, clarinet, percussion (1), two pianos and string section

Year Composed:  



Story By:

Hans Christian Andersen

Libretto By:

Lior Navok


English: translation by Evan Fallenberg
German: translation by Julia Freienberg
Hebrew​: by Lior Navok 


Written For:

The Silver-Garburg Piano Duo

Commissioned By:

Sommerkonzerte (AUDI)

Premiere Performance:

28 July 2007
Sommerkonzerte (AUDI)
Neuburg, Germany
The Silver-Garburg Piano Duo
Hans Jürgen Schatz, actor
soloists from the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra

Additional Information:
The Little Mermaid is based on the same instrumentation of of Saint-Saens’ Le Carnaval des animaux 

The Story:

The Little Mermaid is one of the most beloved children stories written by Hans Christian Andersen. It tells the story of the little mermaid, the young daughter of the sea king, who at the age of 15 leaves the deep water to the haunting sea-surface and saves a prince from drowning, as his ship is struck by a storm. She falls in love with the prince but can not reach him or talk to him. deeply in love with the prince, she decides to consult the sea-witch, who gives her human legs for the price of her beautiful voice. The sea-witch also tells her that in case the prince will marry another girl, the Little Mermaid will turn into sea-foam the day after the wedding. The Little Mermaid agrees. 

Able to walk, she finally meets the prince and radiate happiness. The prince, though,  likes The Little Mermaid,  but does not know that she is the one who saved his life from drowning. He plans to marry another girl – a princess. A wedding voyage to a distant kingdom is arranged and the wedding is set. desperately in love, The Little Mermaid fears for her life, and asks only, to return home to her family. Suddenly, her sisters appear out to the surface of the water.  They her a knife and encourage her to kill the prince and save her life. She approaches the sleeping prince – but can not kill him. The next morning she turns into sea-foam, yet suddenly feel how she is being carried up the sky to become an fairy. As a good fairy, she who watches the prince from above and protects him.  [This is the original story and ending of Hans Christian Andersen, unlike the Disney version.]


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