Universal Edition - Alexander Zemlinsky – 6 Gesänge

Alexander Zemlinsky

Alexander Zemlinsky
6 Gesänge

Opus: op. 13
Year of composition: 1913/1924
Year of arrangement: 1994
Scored for: for medium voice and chamber orchestra
Composer: Alexander Zemlinsky
Arranger: Gösta Neuwirth
Text Author: Maurice Maeterlinck
Soloists: mittlere Stimme
Instrumentation: 1 1 1 1 - 1 1 1 1 - perc (3), hp, cel, acc, alto sax (Eb), str (4 4 2 2 1)
Instrumentation details:
flute (+ picc, alto fl (G))
oboe (+ c.a)
clarinet in B (+ bass cl (Bb))
alto saxophone in Eb (+ soprano sax (Bb), tenor sax (Bb))
horn in F
trumpet in C
bass tuba
perc (3)
celesta (+ hpsd)
violin I (min. 4)
violin II (min. 4)
viola (min. 2)
violoncello (min. 2)
contrabass (min. 1)
Table of Contents:
Die drei Schwestern
Die Mädchen mit den verbundenen Augen
Lied der Jungfrau
Als ihr Geliebter schied
Und kehrt er einst heim
Sie kam zum Schloss gegangen
Duration: 16′
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6 Gesänge, op. 13

Work Introduction

Sechs Gesänge based on poems by Maurice Maeterlinck were composed as piano songs in 1910 and 1913 and orchestrated in 1924. They show the art of song writing at its very best. The vocal part is characterised by sensitivity and simplicity, embedded in a web of sensuous instrumental voices. Alexander Zemlinsky added an introduction to the songs, which was not included in the piano version. Three sisters with golden crowns who want to die, blindfolded girls searching for their destiny and other female characters in the cycle conjure up paintings by Gustav Klimt.

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