a musical story


61 minutes in two acts


version I: woodwind quintet and piano
3 actors (F,M,M), flute/piccolo, oboe / English- horn, clarinet, horn, bassoon and piano

version II: chamber orchestra
3 actors (F,M,M), flute/piccolo, oboe / English- horn, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, percussion (1), harp, piano, strings

Year Composed:  



Story By:

Carlo Collodi

Libretto By:

Lior Navok


English: translation by Evan Fallenberg
German: translation by Julia Freienberg
French: translation by Stéphane Mooser
Hebrew: by Lior Navok

Written For:

The Hindemith Quintet

Supported in Part By:

The Eric and Edith Siday Charitable Foundation

Premiere Performance:

19 September 2010
Oper Frankfurt
Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Michaela Ehinger, Marian Funk and Michael Kamp, actors

The Hindemith Woodwind Quintet
Dejan Gavric, flute
Nick Deutsch, oboe
Johannes Gmeinder, clarinet
Sibylle Mahni Haas, horn
Richard Morschel, bassoon
Roglit Ishai, piano
Yuval Zorn, conductor
Gil Alkabetz, Illustrations

Program Notes:

We all smile while hearing the name Pinocchio: The wooden puppet with its growing nose, its creator Geppetto, the talking cricket, the cat & fox and of course blue fairy… We usually look at Pinocchio as light and careless, but the truth is that what lies beneath this vivid and colorful story is in fact sophisticated and heart-touching: This is the story about a puppet that learns the hard way how to find its identity, its own path in society, how to learn from a hard lesson, how to care for someone else and how to take responsibility. Pinocchio struggles within himself about good versus bad dilemmas, as they unfold one after the other in a most seemingly plain and amusing manner. Above other children stories, Carlo Collodi’s The adventures of Pinocchio presents a model of a story as an educator.


Lior Navok, composer | contemporary music composer | new music composer