The Emperor's New Clothes

The Emperor's New Clothes ( Danish " Keiserens nye kläder " ) is a well-known fairy tale by Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen. It was released on 7 April 1837 in an edition of the series " fairy tale for children told " (Danish: " ancient Eventyr continued for Børn ").

Andersen notes in his diary refer to an inspiration from the short story collection by Karl Eduard von Bülow. This has in this fairy tale a story ( Ejemplo XXXII) of the Spanish collection of Don Juan Manuel translated, published 1335 in the book " El Conde Lucanor " and locates the deception of the king and his court in a Moorish ambiance.


The tale is about an emperor who two fraudsters can weave new clothes for a lot of money. These make him, the clothes are not usually, but could be seen only by persons who are worthy of their office and not stupid. In fact, give the scammers only to weave before and the Emperor to hand over the clothes. From vanity and internal uncertainty he does not mention that he himself also can not see the clothes and also the people to whom he presented his new garments, giving enthusiasm about the seemingly nice substances. The dizziness only flies on at a parade when a child says that the emperor had no clothes on, this statement is spread out in the crowd and this last cried all the people. The Emperor realized that the people seemed to be right, but decided to "endure " and he and the court set the parade continued.


The narrative is sometimes cited as an example to criticize gullibility and uncritical acceptance of alleged authorities and experts - similar to clothes make the man and the Captain of Köpenick. Fearing for his position and his reputation speaks against better knowledge, no one, not even the most faithful minister of the emperor, the obvious truth; asked " reputation and prosperity, or truth " before the decision in the end one decides against the truth and for the material and economic advantages. In the medieval Spanish document is not concerned with Andersen to lack of office efficiency, but the fabric is supposedly not seen by that which is not his son, who is regarded as his father (which in addition to shame even fatal inheritance would be the consequences ). Moreover, it is not a " innocent child ", declaring the truth, but a black Ross servant who is aware of any case to stand at the foot of the social hierarchy, so that it is immaterial whether he actually son of him who his father applies.

  • Presentation of the tale into 5 small facade sculptures. Bridge Street 17, Cologne


Musical processing

  • Hans Rudolf Hindemith Lofer aka - "The Emperor's New Clothes" ( comic opera, circa 1934 to 1952 )
  • Eberhard Werdin - "The Emperor's New Clothes" ( musical and stage work, 1947)
  • György Ránki - " pomade király uj ruhája " ( "King pomades 's New Clothes" ) (Opera, Budapest 1953)
  • Bertold Hummel - "The Emperor's New Clothes" ( Chamber Opera, 1955)
  • Hans Werner Henze - " L' usignolo dell'imperatore " ( ballet pantomime, 1959/rev 1970. )
  • Kuno Petsch - "The Emperor's New Clothes" ( Fernsehballett, 1963)
  • Juraj Beneš - " Cisárove nové šaty " (Opera, 1966)
  • Rudolf Mors - "The Emperor's New Clothes" ( Incidental Music, 1968)
  • Reinhard Mey - "The Emperor's New Clothes" (Song, 1980)
  • Sinéad O'Connor - "Emperor's New Clothes " (Song, 1990)
  • Latest Instance - "The Emperor " (Song, 2003)
  • Spock 's Beard - "The Emperor's Clothes " (Song, 2010)
  • Haluk Levent - " Kral Ciplak " (Song, 2010)
  • Sonata Arctica - " The Wolves Die Young" (Song, 2014)