Composed in 1823, Franz Schubert's 'Fierabras' is a 'number opera' with spoken dialogue in the manner of opéra comique. It is based on the medieval legends associated with Charlemagne, including that of Eginhard and Emma, and draws on the old French heroic epic ('chanson de geste'). Schubert's masterpiece will receive its premiere at the 2014 Salzburg Festival in a Peter Stein staging with Ingo Metzmacher conducting the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. The production will used the new Bärenreiter performance material. Urtext edition based on the 'New Schubert Edition'. Detailed foreword (Ger/Eng) by Christine Martin, including information on the work's genesis, reception and performance history. Uncluttered idiomatic piano reduction. Detailed instrumentation: Soprano solo (2), Mezzo-soprano solo, Tenor solo (3), Baritone solo, Bass solo (2), Speaker (4), Mixed choir (SSAATTBB) Piccolo flute, Flute (2), Oboe (2), Clarinet (in B-flat) (2), Bassoon (2), Trombone (3), Cymbals, Drum, Concert drum, Kettledrum, Strings.