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Universal Edition - Arnold Schönberg – Pelleas und Melisande

Arnold Schönberg

Arnold Schönberg
Pelleas und Melisande

Opus: op. 5
Year of composition: 1902-1903
Subtitle: Symphonic poem (after Maeterlinck)
Scored for: for orchestra
Composer: Arnold Schönberg
Instrumentation: 4 4 5 4 - 8 4 5 1 - timp(2), perc(3), hp(2 od. 4), str(16 16 12 12 8)
Instrumentation details:
piccolo
1. flute
2. flute
3. flute (+picc.)
1. oboe
2. oboe
3. oboe (+c.a.)
cor anglais
clarinet in Eb
1. clarinet in A
2. clarinet in A
3. clarinet in A (+2. bass cl(Bb))
bass clarinet in A (+bass cl.(Bb))
1. bassoon
2. bassoon
3. bassoon
contrabassoon
1. horn in F
2. horn in F
3. horn in F
4. horn in F
5. horn in F
6. horn in F
7. horn in F
8. horn in F
1. trumpet in F (+tpt in E)
2. trumpet in F (+tpt in E)
3. trumpet in F (+tpt in E)
4. trumpet in F (+tpt in E)
altotrombone
1. tenor bass trombone
2. tenor bass trombone
3. tenor bass trombone
4. tenor bass trombone
contrabass tuba
1.2. timpani
perc
1. harp
2. harp
I/II. harp
III/Iv. harp
violin I
violin II
viola
violoncello
contrabass
Duration: 45′
 
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World Première

Location: Musikverein Wien / Austria
Date: 25.01.1905
Conductor: Arnold Schönberg

Work Introduction

Arnold Schönberg wrote Pelleas and Melisande in 1902 after Strauss had recommended to him Maurice Maeterlinck’s five-act drama with its sequence of mood and scene paintings heavily laden with symbolism.

The post-Romantic musical gestures of the large-scale orchestra are never “purely descriptive”, as Alban Berg insists in his analysis, but revolve around the aesthetic idea of interpreting the subject not as content of, but as pre-condition for the music (Therese Muxeneder).

The first performance in Vienna in 1905, under Schönberg’s direction, unleashed a grand furore – one of the critics suggested putting me in a mental institution and keeping manuscript paper out of my reach (Arnold Schönberg).

Book – Pelleas und Melisande von Arnold Schönberg. Thematische Analyse. (Pelleas und Melisande by Arnold Schoenberg. Thematic Analysis) - German

  • Edition type: book
  • Edition info: from the complete edtion
  • Language: German
  • UE31412
  • ISBN: 978-3-7024-0247-1
  • ISMN: 979-0-008-06096-0
EUR 14,50

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Study score – Pelleas und Melisande

  • for orchestra
  • Edition type: study score
  • Series: Neue Studienpartituren-Reihe
  • UE34134
  • ISBN: 978-3-7024-6657-2
  • ISMN: 979-0-008-08014-2
EUR 49,95

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Book – Pelleas und Melisande, Short Thematic Analysis by Alban Berg

  • Edition type: book
  • Language: German
  • UE6368
  • ISBN: 978-3-7024-2176-2
  • ISMN: 979-0-008-06912-3
EUR 10,50

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Pelleas und Melisande

Future Performances

29.03.2017
Location: Victoria Hall, Genève (CH), Orchestra: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Conductor: Jonathan Nott


30.03.2017
Location: Théâtre Beaulieu Lausanne, Lausanne (CH), Orchestra: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Conductor: Jonathan Nott


12.05.2017
Location: Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden (Semperoper), Dresden (D), Orchestra: Staatskapelle Dresden, Conductor: Christian Thielemann


13.05.2017
Location: Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden (Semperoper), Dresden (D), Orchestra: Staatskapelle Dresden, Conductor: Christian Thielemann


14.05.2017
Location: Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden (Semperoper), Dresden (D), Orchestra: Staatskapelle Dresden, Conductor: Christian Thielemann

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