LUN 0001 Lippijn
Lyrics Unknown, medieval Dutch
Commission Nederlands Concertkoor
Lippijn, een sotternie is a short opera buffa for mixed choir based on a Dutch, medieval play.
This was performed in between the serious and much longer so called 'abele spelen' ('noble' plays) to divert the audience.
In the opera the choir sings all four roles themselves: horny wife, cheated husband, lyrical lover and nosy neighbour. Krüs used the different voice types for the different roles, but not in a very strict way.
Premiere January 27th, 2017 Rotterdam
Originally written in 2012, the Toonkunst Rotterdam Choir sang the premiere in 2017 conducted by Maria van Nieukerken
SATB with small wind ensemble in preparation
Lippijn is a classic commedia dell'arte story:
WIFE is longing for her LOVER and sends HUSBAND Lippijn [lip-'peen] out to get water and fire - while she goes out to get some food…
On his way home Lippijn sees WIFE with LOVER rolling in the grass. Devastated he runs into NEIGHBOUR Trise, who tells him about the spell of the elves, which makes you see things that are not real.
They go home together where WIFE got back just in time to open the door.
She explodes when LIPPIJN tells her about what he saw. How could he accuse her of
cheating on him!