Frau Trude (working title)
Music by Daniel Schlosberg; Libretto by Amy Lee
An old woman known as Frau Trude is knitting by the fire when it sputters out. She tries a few more logs, but to no avail, and begins to bemoan the lack of naughty children in the world today. Fed up, she takes out three candles, in black, green and red.
First, she lights the black -- a dog enters. She instructs the dog to find her a bad child, but he brings back an innocent young girl, whom Frau Trude turns away in disgust. Then, she lights the green candle -- a hunter enters. She tells him that she will burn his bow if he cannot find her a bad child. He returns with a young boy, but Frau Trude looks at him and decides he is too clever. Finally, she lights the red candle -- the butcher enters, hands dripping with blood. She makes the same request, but again, he brings her a child that does not meet her requirements.
Just as she’s about to punish the butcher, a girl comes up the way to the house and knocks on the door. When she enters, she tells Frau Trude that she has come, despite her parents’ warnings, and describes the terrible things she has just seen -- a black man, a green man, a red man, and, through the window, the devil crowned in fire. Frau Trude delightedly tells the girl that she is the one she’s been waiting for, and transforms her into a log, which she immediately throws on the fire. Returning to her rocking chair, Frau Trude happily picks up her knitting with a sigh, praising the warm, bright fire.