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Universal Edition - Ernst Krenek – Die Nachtigall

Ernst Krenek
Die Nachtigall

Opus: op. 68
Year of composition: 1931
Scored for: for coloratura soprano and piano
Composer: Ernst Krenek
Text Source: "Worte in Versen"
Text Author: Karl Kraus
Instrumentation details:

Duration: 8′
 
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Die Nachtigall, op. 68

Work Introduction

Karl Kraus turned to Aristophanes’ comedy The Birds for his play Wolkenkuckucksheim only a few years after Walter Braunfels had set the same Greek drama to music; the poem set to music in the aria Die Nachtigall originates in that work. Written while working on his twelve-tone opera Karl V, Die Nachtigall has Romantic touches, although it is atonal.

But Krenek also used tonal melodies (some of them approaching quotations) in fashioning a piece of virtuosic, technically extremely demanding music, which he presented to Lucy Siegrist, who commissioned it.

Die Nachtigall

  • Language: German
  • UE7122
  • ISBN: 978-3-7024-6391-5
  • ISMN: 979-0-008-01379-9
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