Universal Edition - Arnold Schönberg – Das Buch der hängenden Gärten

Arnold Schönberg

Arnold Schönberg
Das Buch der hängenden Gärten

Opus: op. 15
Year of composition: 1908-1909
Year of arrangement: 2010
Scored for: for voice and large ensemble (chamber orchestra)
Composer: Arnold Schönberg
Arranger: Richard Dünser
Instrumentation: 1 1 1 1 - 1 0 0 0 - perc, hp, vln, vln, vla, vc, cb
Instrumentation details:
flute (+picc)
clarinet in Bb
horn in F
1st violin
2nd violin
Duration: 25′
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World Première

Location: Arnold Schönberg Center Wien / Austria
Date: 27.09.2010
Orchestra: Ensemble Kontrapunkte
Conductor: Peter Keuschnig

Work Introduction

Schönberg composed The Book of the Hanging Gardens shortly before his Erwartung Op. 17 (1909). A setting of 15 poems by Symbolist author Stefan George, it is a highly expressionistic work, in which emotions constantly seem to be near to bursting their bonds, as the agogics in the score evince; ritardandi are followed by “somewhat urgently” and then “calming again,” crescendi and decrescendi alternate, while “agitated expression” is required of the singer.

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