Alexander Zemlinsky: 7 Lieder von Nacht und Traum (arranged by: Richard Dünser)

Alexander Zemlinsky 7 Lieder von Nacht und Traum
7 Lieder von Nacht und Traum

Alexander Zemlinsky: 7 Lieder von Nacht und Traum (arranged by: Richard Dünser)

Scored for:
for medium voice and ensemble (chamber orchestra)
Alexander Zemlinsky
Richard Dünser (2013)
Text author:
Ferdinand Gregorovius; Christian Morgenstern; Victor Blüthgen; Otto von Leixner; Paul Heyse; Julius Rodenberg; Jens Peter Jacobsen
1 2 1 1 - 2 0 0 0 - hp, basset hn, vln, vln, vla, vc, cb
Instrumentation details:
cor anglais
clarinet in Bb
basset horn
1st horn in F
2nd horn in F
1st violin
2nd violin
double bass
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Work introduction

This Lieder cycle, put together and orchestrated in 2013 from, for me, the strongest of Zemlinsky’s Lieder from Opp. 2, 5, , 8 and 10 on the theme of night and dream, to texts by Paul Heyse, Jens Peter Jacobsen, Christian Morgenstern (to name only the familiar names), forms a kind of triptych, together with my two other Zemlinsky arrangements, the 40-minute Chamber Symphony (after the Op. 15 String Quartet) for 14 solo instruments and the Chamber Concerto (after the Op. 3 Trio) for 15 solo instruments, scored quite similarly to the Lieder.

Unlike the Chamber Symphony with its fourth-chord echoes and its harmonic language tensed almost to the bursting point, the Lieder reveal Zemlinsky’s roots, the seven songs already forming a marvellous microcosm of his burgeoning individual compositional world, already developed as his own, original one – yet one in which reminiscences of Brahms are traceable in the distance and commonalities with Schönberg and Mahler are intuited in its breakaway atmosphere, even if Zemlinsky’s path did lead him somewhere else entirely later on.

Richard Dünser

World première

Musikverein, Wien (AT)
Ensemble Kontrapunkte
Peter Keuschnig
Main soloists:
Peter Weber, Bar

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