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Zwerg, Der (‘The Dwarf’)locked

  • Alfred Clayton

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Opera in one act, op.17, by alexander Zemlinsky to a libretto by Georg Klaren after oscar Wilde’s novel The Birthday of the Infanta; Cologne, Neues Theater, 28 May 1922.

The origins of Der Zwerg lie in Zemlinsky’s obsession with ugliness. Significantly, Alma Mahler referred to Zemlinsky himself in her memoirs as ‘a horrible dwarf’. He may first have come across Wilde’s story in ...

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