Universal Edition - Karol Szymanowski – Konzert-Ouverture

Karol Szymanowski

Karol Szymanowski

Key: E major
Opus: op. 12
Year of composition: 1904-1905/1910–1913
Scored for: for orchestra
Composer: Karol Szymanowski
Instrumentation: 3 3 4 3 - 6 3 3 1 - timp, perc(3), hp, str
Instrumentation details:
1st flute
2nd flute
3rd flute (+picc)
1st oboe
2nd oboe
3rd oboe (+c.a)
1st clarinet in A
2nd clarinet in A
3rd clarinet in A (+cl(Eb))
bass clarinet in Bb
1st bassoon
2nd bassoon
3rd bassoon (+cbsn)
1st horn in F
2nd horn in F
3rd horn in F
4th horn in F
5th horn in F
6th horn in F
1st trumpet in C
2nd trumpet in C
3rd trumpet in C
1st trombone
2nd trombone
3rd trombone
violin I
violin II
Duration: 16′
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Audio Excerpt

Konzert-Ouverture, E-Dur, op. 12

Work Introduction

The Concert Overture of the 23-year old Karol Szymanowski reflects his passionate ambition at the time to create modern Polish music of European magnitude. The influence of the German late Romantics is unmistakable. In this early creative period a desire to provoke also continues to play a role throughout Szymanowski’s work – as when he looks forward to seeing the critics ‘leaving the hall with curses on their blue-stained lips’. The critics did not fail to wreak their revenge either, promptly accusing him of betraying the classic Polish national music, of which they considered Fréderic Chopin the patriarch.

The Concert Overture at

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