Alexander Zemlinsky: The Mermaid

  • Fantasy (1903)
  • for orchestra
  • New critical edition by Antony Beaumont
  • 4 3 4 3 - 6 3 4 1 - timp, perc(2), hp(2), str
  • Duration: 47’
  • Instrumentation details:
    1st flute
    2nd flute
    3rd flute (+2ndpicc)
    4th flute (+1stpicc)
    1st oboe
    2nd oboe
    cor anglais
    clarinet in Eb
    1st clarinet in A (+cl(Bb))
    2nd clarinet in A (+cl(Bb))
    bass clarinet in Bb
    1st bassoon
    2nd bassoon
    3rd bassoon
    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 F
    2nd trumpet in F
    3rd trumpet in F
    1st trombone
    2nd trombone
    3rd trombone
    4th trombone
    bass tuba
    timpani
    percussion(2)
    1st harp
    2nd harp
    violin I
    violin II
    viola
    violoncello
    double bass
  • Composer: Alexander Zemlinsky
  • Editor: Antony Beaumont
  • Table of contents:
    Vorwort
    Revisionsbericht
    Foreword
    Editor’s Report
    Notenbeiträge / Musical Illustrations
    I.
    II. (revidierte Fassung / revised version)
    IIa. (Urfassung / original version)
    III.

Work introduction

Zemlinsky structured the score of The Mermaid in three parts. In the new critical edition, scheduled for publication in 2013, two versions of Part II appear side by side: the original version (with the rediscovered episode of the Mer-witch) builds to a wild climax, bordering on hysteria, and disrupts the formal balance of the work. The revised version, on the other hand, passes elegantly over the agony and ecstasy of Andersen’s fairy tale, as if to say, “The rest is silence”.

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The Mermaid
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Next performances

World première

Location:
Internationales Congress Center , Dresden (DE)
Date:
27.01.2013
Orchestra:
Dresdner Philharmonie
Conductor:
Markus Poschner

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