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

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

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

Scored for:
for medium voice and ensemble (chamber orchestra)
Composer:
Alexander Zemlinsky
Arranger:
Richard Dünser (2013)
Text author:
Victor Blüthgen; Otto von Leixner; Julius Rodenberg; Paul Heyse; Ferdinand Gregorovius; Jens Peter Jacobsen; Christian Morgenstern
Instrumentation:
1 2 1 1 - 2 0 0 0 - hp, basset hn, vln, vln, vla, vc, cb
Instrumentation details:
flute
oboe
cor anglais
clarinet in Bb
basset horn
bassoon
1st horn in F
2nd horn in F
harp
1st violin
2nd violin
viola
violoncello
double bass
Duration:
20’
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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

Location:
Wien
Date:
27.10.2014
Orchestra:
Ensemble Kontrapunkte
Conductor:
Peter Keuschnig

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