Translating Duke Bluebeard’s Castle was a labor of love and I’m grateful to the many native speakers who helped me compile this. Every single word in the opera is included, with an explanation of its conjugation and grammar.
New Horn II, III Parts
Not every orchestra has four horns, and there are excessive doublings among the four horns, so it was rather straightforward to consolidate the parts without sacrificing any notes.
Unless you like really nasty clashes between the kettle drums and the bass line (Schumann would have been proud), you’re better off cleaning up Bizet’s writing. My solution uses three drums without resorting to excessive retuning.
New Trombone I, II, III Parts
Between rehearsal 23-24 there is a four part brass chorale. In order to accommodate several low notes, Dvorak added a second Tuba for 24 bars (!), as there are several low notes that a single-bore trombone can’t play. A modern trombone with an F trigger can cover all of the notes.
Corrected String Parts (with Bowings)
The existing Breitkopf und Härtel Parts are a mess, full of wrong notes: a landmine for any rehearsal, just waiting to be stepped on. Here are the parts from a concert in 2012 which I’ve painstakingly corrected.
Trumpets I, II transposed to B-flat
Schumann writes for trumpets in E-flat. Except for the rare low C, every note in both parts is playable on a B-flat trumpet.