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Magda's Fortune : a music-drama in five acts about the life and loves of Magda Goebbels née Quandt née Ritschel née Friedlander

by Mark Dunbar (2013)

Magda's Fortune


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Magda's Fortune : libretto / by Mark Dunbar.

Library shelf no. 782.14/DUN 8 [Available for loan]

Magda's Fortune


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Magda's Fortune : a music drama in five acts / by Mark Dunbar.

Library shelf no. 782.14/DUN 7 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

Magda's Fortune tells the story of the life of Magda Goebbels. Specifically it poses a question: How did a woman who was raised by her Jewish Stepfather, and whose first boyfriend (and perhaps the love of her life) was also Jewish, end up marrying one of Nazi Germany's most notorious promoters of Hitler's 'Final Solution' to exterminate Jewry from Europe? In a wider sense, Magda's Fortune is a dark story of the calamitous impact of historical forces on the civility of ordinary people.

Work Details

Year: 2013

Instrumentation: 8 leads, SATB chorus, chamber orchestra: 2 flutes (piccolos), 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 3 French horns, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, piano, harp, timpani, percussion (2-3 players: snare drum, bass drum, cymbal, tambourine, marimba, xylophone, vibraphone, glockenspiel, tam tam, crotales, castanets, congas, chimes), violins 1 and 2, cello, double bass.

Duration: 160 min.

Difficulty: Medium

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
music theatre, opera, politics, historical drama

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