MOLLY & MONROE

(2019) – Mezzo Soprano, Violin, Clarinet/Bass Clarinet, Flugelhorn/Trumpet, Accordion, Double Bass, Piano – 40 Minutes

Work Description

Commissioned by: Katja Rosenberg / Art Catcher

Category: Large Ensemble

Year Composed: 2018/19

Duration: 40 Minutes

Orchestration: Mezzo Soprano, Violin, Clarinet/Bass Clarinet, Flugelhorn/Trumpet, Accordion, Double Bass, Piano

Also Voice/Piano version available. 

Notes on score: Original Text by Rosi Saaksmeier in German Language. 

Availability: Available on CD and DD on Dinner with Daisy Records at https://catherinekontzrosisaaksmeier.bandcamp.com

Performances: 

Notes

Molly & Monroe: a dance across time is a music-theatre concept album which tells the story of the early twentieth century through a young pair of artists : brought together by dance, broken by war – but kept together through their dedication to one another.

A lost piece of European history comes to life in a dramatic musical spectacle: the tale of Molly & Monroe – a couple whose lives capture both the glamour of the roaring twenties, and stoic bravery in the face of the Nazi regime. A pan-European collaboration between musicians, writers and historians, A Dance Across Time sings the twentieth century through one couple’s love, commitment – and tragedy.

Germany at the beginning of the 20th century. The aspiring young dancer Hedwig Joram and stage artist Walther Flechtheim meet in Berlin. Together, they start a career as the dance act Molly & Monroe. Following an advertisement, the couple move to the spa town of Bad Oeynhausen, where they find success, fame and a place to call home. But during the 1930s the Nazi regime rises and Walther, who is from a Jewish family, loses all work and engagements: he is eventually forced to leave the country. Having sworn lifelong loyalty to one another, Molly follows him to Britain. In a London ravaged by war, the pair manage to build a new existence.

Their remarkable story was brought to light by the historian Rico Quaschny, fellow native of Bad Oeynhausen. When working as the town’s archivist, he was tasked with solving the mystery of an unknown dancer. Doing so led to the discovery of these forgotten dancers – once legends in their own right – and their journey from rural Germany, to Berlin, to London, as Europe was consumed by war.