Alexander Zemlinsky: Lyric Symphony (Arranger: Thomas Heinisch)

Alexander Zemlinsky Lyric Symphony
Lyric Symphony

Alexander Zemlinsky: Lyric Symphony (Arranger: Thomas Heinisch)

Opus:
op. 18
Year of composition:
1923
Subtitle:
in 7 songs
Scored for:
for soprano, baritone and chamber orchestra
Composer:
Alexander Zemlinsky
Arranger:
Thomas Heinisch (2012)
Instrumentation:
1 1 2 1 - 2 1 2 0 - timp, perc, hp, harm, pno, vln.I, vln.II, vla, vc, cb
Instrumentation details:
flute (+picc)
oboe (+c.a)
1st clarinet in A (+cl(Bb))
2nd clarinet in A (+cl(Bb)
cl(Eb)
bass cl(Bb))
bassoon (+cbsn)
1st horn in F
2nd horn in F
trumpet in C
1st trombone
2nd trombone
timpani
percussion
harp
piano (+cel)
harmonium
1st violin
2nd violin
viola
violoncello
double bass
Duration:
45’
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The complete perusal score (PDF-preview)

Work introduction

“To my surprise, it was relatively easy to arrange the first three movements for ensemble, as the orchestra never goes beyond the traditional four-part harmony, with a texture that – interestingly enough – is closer to Brahms than, for instance, to Schönberg. From an instrumentation perspective, the exquisite slow 4th movement “Sprich zu mir, Geliebter” (Speak to me, my love) in the middle of the work poses a challenge, given the subtle separation of the string parts. As the string parts are not played by several instrumentalists, it was necessary to assign some of them to the harmonium or accordion (either can be used in my version). I feel that this movement has lost none of its mysterious charm through this alteration. It was also necessary to make changes to the short yet massive 5th movement. By introducing the shrill E flat clarinet, which does not feature at all in the original, I have attempted to do justice to the abrasiveness and corporeality of this movement.”

Thomas Heinisch

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Lyric Symphony

Alexander Zemlinsky: Lyric Symphony

study score
for soprano, baritone and chamber orchestra , 45’
Instr.: 1 1 2 1 - 2 1 2 0 - timp, perc, hp, harm, pno, vln.I, vln.II, vla, vc, cb

World première

Location:
Wien
Date:
03.06.2013
Orchestra:
Ensemble Kontrapunkte
Conductor:
Peter Keuschnig

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