Based on the beloved children's story by writer/illustrator Otfried Preußler, The Robber Hotzenplotz tells the story of two boys who set out to track down the villain who stole their grandmother's coffee mill. A gentle fantasy in the tradition of Chitty-Chitty Bang-Bang, this is the second adaptation of the novel; the first starred Gert Fröbe as the title character.
Academy Award winning composer Nicola Piovani once again demonstrates the mastery of playful melody that brought him worldwide acclaim for his work on Roberto Benigni's “Life Is Beautiful”. Driven by jaunty xylophone percussion, and backed by delicate work on accordion and strings or piano, the themes range from curious and whimsical to emphatic. The main Hotzenplotz theme verges on Bavarian polka, a nod to the roots of the story's titular character, without breaking from Piovani's more march-like arrangement. Whether boisterous or restrained, the score exhibits the similar sort of teasing interaction with the audience as Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf.
Das Kleine SchlossNicola PiovaniDer Räuber Hotzenplotz