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SCHOENBERG, Arnold 1874-1951
Gurre-Lieder [Full score]
Wien-Leipzig: Universal-Edition [PN U.E. 3697], [1913], ©1912. Folio. Modern quarter mid-tan calf with marbled boards, original upper wrapper bound in. 1f., 179 pp. Printed on coated paper. Title within decorative Jugendstil border printed in sepia. Facsimile of the autograph full score. Inscribed by German tenor Fritz Soot (1878-1965) to upper right of title to conductor Richard Kraus (1902-1978), his signature in blue ink to lower right. Upper wrapper slightly browned and stained, professionally repaired; lower lacking. Minor repairs to edges of final leaf. First Edition, possible first issue. Rufer (E), p. 311. GA B 16/1, pp. 143-7 An engraved full score did not appear until 1920 (U.E. 6300). Schoenberg's Gurre-Lieder was first performed in Vienna at the Großer Musikvereins-Saal, 23 February 23 1913, with Franz Schreker conducting. The Danish poet Jens Peter Jacobsen (1847-1885) wrote his Gurresange in 1871, and a German translation was made by Robert Franz Arnold (1872-1938). Schoenberg first set these poems, which depict the love of King Waldemar and Tove, as a song cycle for voice and piano in 1900. He then began setting the entire cycle in a choral-orchestral work of Mahlerian proportions, composed and orchestrated over a decade. Scored for vast vocal and instrumental forces, it required custom 48-stave paper to fit all the parts. The Gurre-Lieder represents a culmination of the aesthetics of the Romantic period-musical language had already begun to shift into the kaleidoscope of 20th-century styles. Schoenberg, of course, was a dominant force in this shift, a fact h … [Click Below for Full Description]

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