The Little Match Girl - (1994, rev. 2016)
After a story by Hans Christian Andersen
For lyric soprano (Match Girl) and chamber ensemble (piano, harpsichord, percussion and string quintet). (circa 11')
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, rev. 2017)
The Emperor's New Clothes - (1994, rev. 2012)
A Love Charm - (1994, rev. 2017)
These Four Fables based on stories of Andersen all share the same chamber orchestration: