Alban Berg: 7 Early Songs (arranged by: Heinz Stolba)

Alban Berg 7 Early Songs
7 Early Songs

Alban Berg: 7 Early Songs (arranged by: Heinz Stolba)

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for medium voice and orchestra
Alban Berg
Heinz Stolba (2008)
Text author:
Johannes Schlaf; Carl Hauptmann; Nikolaus Lenau; Theodor Storm; Otto Erich Hartleben; Paul Hohenberg; Rainer Maria Rilke
Original language:
Eric Smith (05.04.1955)
medium voice
2 2 3 3 - 4 1 2 0 - perc(1), hp, str
Instrumentation details:
1st flute
2nd flute (+picc)
cor anglais
1st clarinet in A
2nd clarinet in A
bass clarinet in Bb
1st bassoon
2nd bassoon
1st horn in F
2nd horn in F
3rd horn in F
4th horn in F
trumpet in C
1st trombone
2nd trombone
percussion (1 player: glockenspiel, kettle drum, triangle, suspended cymbal, 1 pair of cymbals, tam-tam, side drum, bass drum)
violin I
violin II
Table of contents:
Nacht/Night (Carl Hauptmann) 3min 20s
Schilflied/Song Amongst the Reeds (Nikolaus Lenau) 2min
Die Nachtigall/The Nightingale (Theodor Storm) 1min 40s
Traumgekrönt/A Crown of Dreams (Rainer M. Rilke) 2min 20s
Im Zimmer/Indoors (Johannes Schlaf) 50s
Liebesode/Lovers' Ode (Otto Erich Hartleben) 1min 35s
Sommertage/Summer Days (Paul Hohenberg) 1min 20s
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7 Early Songs

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Work introduction

This edition of the Seven Early Songs for medium voice and orches­tra owes its existence to the frequently expressed request to make this song cycle accessible to singers with a lower tessitura. Berg’s careful choices as regards the order of the songs, the sequence of keys and the instrumentation strongly suggested that they should be treated with the greatest possible circumspection. In view of the range of the vocal line, it seemed logical to transpose the en­tire cycle down by a minor third, thus maintaining the character of the key sequence. The instrumentation individually determined for each song naturally had to remain fundamentally unchanged. How­ever, the range of the instruments and the orchestral colour made changes to the instrumentation necessary, which were however al­ways made with an ear to the sound intended by Berg. In the case of the Seven Early Songs, a comparison of Berg’s piano songs and his own version with orchestral accompaniment reveals a number of significant differences in the treatment of the vocal line. This circumstance has been accounted for by publishing two versions of this edition for middle voice: A piano score for the orchestral songs and a separate edition for voice with piano accompaniment.

Heinz Stolba, September 2008


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7 Early Songs

Alban Berg: 7 Early Songs

piano reduction
for medium voice and orchestra , 17’
Instr.: 2 2 3 3 - 4 1 2 0 - perc(1), hp, str

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