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Superbia - Der Stolz

Superbia — The Pride is the first of the Seven Deadly Sins


The introduction is made through early allegorical forms and figures (triumphal procession, dance of death, Baroque tragedy etc.) The triumphal procession of the giant haystack as a symbol of human vanities becomes a military parade of abrupt, functional and arrogant gestures. The most diverse musical fragments and rhythms intone the montage of details in the staged triumphal procession, juxtaposed with documentary images, including marches, ticker-tape parades and military review.


“I am pride. The proud root of all evil.
I am Superbia,  the first of the seven capital sins.  I am always the first.
The tree of wickedness grows out of me. My six daughters are its forbidden fruit: 
gluttony - indolence - avarice - wrath - envy - lust. 
But see for yourself how Luciphera Superbia, her coach, drawn by the six minor sins, 
drives in triumph to her wedding with the world, accompanied by her retinue and by Blasphemia, her maid.”

Prologue (narrated by lrm Hermann)