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Alexander Zemlinsky: A Florentine Tragedy

  • Opera in 1 act (1916)
  • New critical edition by Antony Beaumont
  • 3 3 4 3 - 6 4 3 1 - timp, perc(2), hp, cel, mand, str
  • Duration: 60’
  • Instrumentation details:
    1st flute
    2nd flute
    3rd flute
    1st oboe
    2nd oboe
    3rd oboe (+c.a)
    1st clarinet in Bb (+cl(A))
    2nd clarinet in Bb (+cl(A))
    3rd clarinet in Bb (+cl(A)
    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
    4th trumpet in C
    1st trombone
    2nd trombone
    3rd trombone
    bass tuba
    percussion (2 players): xylophone, glockenspiel, triangle, cymbals, tam-tam, tambourine, snare drum, bass drum, sleighbells
    violin I
    violin II
  • Roles: Guido Bardi, tenor Simone, baritone Bianca, soprano
  • Composer: Alexander Zemlinsky
  • Librettist: Max Meyerfeld
  • Writer of pre-existing text: Oscar Wilde
  • Thematic analysis: Felix Adler
  • Editor: Antony Beaumont
  • Translator: Edward Downes
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Alexander Zemlinsky: A Florentine Tragedy - op. 16 | UE33962

Opera in 1 act

  • Edition type: piano reduction
  • Languages: German
  • Format: 23.2 × 30.5 cm
  • ISBN: 978-3-7024-7060-9
  • ISMN: 979-0-008-08393-8
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If, as the editor states, Zemlinsky's A Florentine Tragedy is one of the milestones of 20th century music theatre, its path to acceptance was rather arduous. Beginning with the troubled text by Oscar Wilde, Zemlinsky dove into the work as if in a fever. A problem arose in requesting the rights to Wilde's text, not helped by timing (and World War I), and this was but one impediment to its performance. The editor provides a complete history of the work, in historical context, along with critical commentary, which, itself is fascinating reading. There follows the complete piano-vocal score in the 1916 UE edition, with revisions in 2011.

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