Simplicissimus tells the story of an innocent child brought into contact with life through his experiences of the Thirty Years’ War. The book traces the development of a human soul against the background of a depraved Germany riven by war, depopulation, cruelty, and fear.
“He pulls the world. You can see by his heavy step. He loses his own speed. Fate: Water becomes blood, and this band embraces the world.
Anno Domini 1648 twelve million did not live anymore, only four million people lived in Germany. And there was somebody, who didn’t know anything about judgment, far off in solitude, a little boy he was, looking after sheep and living with them..
(H. Scherchen, W. Petzet and K. A. Hartmann beased on Grimmelshausen)
Premiere: 21st of august 1997
Lucia Nistler, Ingrid Hofer, Peter Gruber, Rainer Mandl und Michael Scheidl
Orchester Musica Viva
Karl Amadeus Hartmann
nach HJ. Chr. Grimmelshausen von Hermann Scherchen, Wolfgang Petzet Und HJ. Chr. Grimmelshausen