Alexander Zemlinsky: 6 Gesänge

Alexander Zemlinsky 6 Gesänge
6 Gesänge

Alexander Zemlinsky: 6 Gesänge

Opus:
op. 13
Year of composition:
1913/1921
Scored for:
for medium voice and orchestra
Composer:
Alexander Zemlinsky
Text author:
Maurice Maeterlinck
Instrumentation:
4 3 3 2 - 2 3 3 0 - timp, perc(2), hp, cel, harm, pno, str
Instrumentation details:
1. piccolo (+3. fl)
2. piccolo
1. flute
2. flute
1. oboe
2. oboe
cor anglais
1. clarinet in B (+cl(A))
2. clarinet in B (+cl(A))
bass clarinet in B (+bass cl(A))
1. bassoon
2. bassoon
1. horn in F
2. horn in F
1. trumpet in C
2. trumpet in C
3. trumpet in C
1. trombone
2. trombone
3. trombone
timpani
perc(2)
harp
celesta
harmonium
pno
violin I(9)
violin II(8)
viola(7)
violoncello(6)
contrabass(5)
Duration:
16’
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Work introduction

Sechs Gesänge based on poems by Maurice Maeterlinck were composed as piano songs in 1910 and 1913 and orchestrated in 1924. They show the art of song writing at its very best. The vocal part is characterised by sensitivity and simplicity, embedded in a web of sensuous instrumental voices. Alexander Zemlinsky added an introduction to the songs, which was not included in the piano version. Three sisters with golden crowns who want to die, blindfolded girls searching for their destiny and other female characters in the cycle conjure up paintings by Gustav Klimt.

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6 Gesänge

Alexander Zemlinsky: 6 Gesänge

piano reduction
for medium voice and orchestra , 16’
Instr.: 4 3 3 2 - 2 3 3 0 - timp, perc(2), hp, cel, harm, pno, str

6 Gesänge

Alexander Zemlinsky: 6 Gesänge

piano reduction
for medium voice and orchestra , 16’
Instr.: 4 3 3 2 - 2 3 3 0 - timp, perc(2), hp, cel, harm, pno, str

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