Alban Berg: 7 Early Songs (Arranger: Paul Leonard Schäffer)

Alban Berg 7 Early Songs
7 Early Songs

Alban Berg: 7 Early Songs (Arranger: Paul Leonard Schäffer)

Year of composition:
1905-1908/1928
Scored for:
for high voice and ensemble or chamber orchestra
Composer:
Alban Berg
Arranger:
Paul Leonard Schäffer (2014)
Soloists:
high voice
Instrumentation:
1 1 1 1 - 1 0 0 0 - pno, glock, str (min. 1 1 1 1 1, max. 4 4 3 2 1 players)
Instrumentation details:
flute
oboe (+c.a)
clarinet in Bb (+bass cl(Bb))
bassoon
horn in F
glockenspiel
piano
violin I
violin II
viola
violoncello
double bass (strings: min. 1 1 1 1 1, max. 4 4 3 2 1 players)
Duration:
17’
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Work introduction

Berg composed these early songs along with many others between 1905 and 1908, when he was already having lessons with Arnold Schönberg. They were not part of his studies, although they were not entirely independent of them.

20 years later, Berg decided to publish these early songs anew, but – like Mahler – in two versions, one for piano and the other with orchestral accompaniment. For a certain time, it was not certain how many there would be; ultimately they totalled seven.

However, Berg not only wanted to fashion the lieder anew or improve them in this manner; he wanted to form them into a cyclical unity, despite the heterogeneity of their poetic bases.

In 2014, Paul Leonard Schäffer scored the cycle for ensemble or chamber orchestra (i.e. not merely reducing the orchestra version), basing is work on the original piano version published by UE in 1928. Thus he followed the path Berg had taken when orchestrating the music. 

World première

Location:
Paris
Date:
10.05.2016
Orchestra:
Secession Orchestra
Conductor:
Clément Mao-Takacs

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