Four Burlesque Scenes

From Wind Repertory Project
Carl Orff

Carl Orff (arr. Hermann Regner)

Subtitle: from the Opera Der Mond.

This work may also be found under its title in German, Vier burleske Szenen

General Info

Year: 1938 / 1997
Duration: c. 11:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Symphony
Publisher: Schott
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - €265.00   |   Score Only (print) - €54.50


1. Dance of the Peasants in the Tavern
2. The moon is gone
3. Oh, look there hangs the Moon
4. The wine is good, the Moon so clear


Full Score
Flute I-II (II doubles Piccolo)
Oboe I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone I-II
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Flugelhorn I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Tuba I-II
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Carl Orff wrote his little world-theatre Der Mond ( The Moon) based on old fables, between 1936 and 1938. The score written for actors who sing, a narrator and large orchestra, also contains parts important for wind band.

Four scenes have been selected for the present arrangements, which are best performed on different sets of instruments. The arranger, Hermann Regner (born 1928), worked very closely with Carl Orff for many years. This work is sure to be a success in concerts for bands at an advanced level.

- Program Note from publisher

Der Mond (The Moon) is an opera in one act by Carl Orff based on a Grimm's fairy tale with a libretto by the composer. It was first performed on 5 February 1939 by the Bavarian State Opera in Munich under the direction of Clemens Krauss. The composer describes it not as an opera but as Ein kleines Welttheater ("A little world theatre").

The story involves characters who steal the moon for their country which does not have a moon. They take the moon to their graves upon their deaths, and St. Peter goes to the underworld to retrieve it and hang it again in the sky. Two speaking roles include that of a child and a landlord. Singing roles include the four rascals who steal the moon, St. Peter, a farmer and the narrator.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


(Needed - please join the WRP if you can help.)

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Der Mond, Wikipedia. Web. Accessed 4 February 2020
  • Orff, C.; Regner, H. (1997). Vier burleske Szenen aus der Oper "Der Mond" [score]. Schott: Mainz.