Music and Texts of Gary Bachlund


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The Little Match Girl - (1994)   

Gary Bachlund

After a story by Hans Christian Andersen


For lyric soprano (Match Girl) and chamber ensemble.  (circa 11')  



Read the libretto.... Download the piano-vocal score


Also in German translation by Annette Zühlke: Das kleine Mädchen mit den Streichhölzern.



This famous fable tells of the poor little girl who must sell her few matches on a cold winter's night. To keep warm, she lights them while thinking wonderful dreams, and eventually dies in the street.


The other three one-act operas in the Four Fables are:


Prelude to a Fable - (1994)


The Emperor's New Clothes - (1994)


A Love Charm - (1994)


These Four Fables based on stories of Andersen all share the same chamber orchestration: