Alexander Zemlinsky: Lyric Symphony

Alexander Zemlinsky Lyric Symphony
Lyric Symphony

Alexander Zemlinsky: Lyric Symphony

Opus:
op. 18
Year of composition:
1923
Subtitle:
in 7 songs
Scored for:
for soprano, baritone and orchestra
Composer:
Alexander Zemlinsky
Text author:
Rabindranath Tagore
Translator:
Hans Effenberger
Instrumentation:
4 3 4 3 - 4 3 3 1 - timp, perc(3), hp, cel, harm, str
Instrumentation details:
1. flute
2. flute
3. flute (+1. picc)
4. flute (+2. picc)
1. oboe
2. oboe
3. oboe (+ c.a)
1. clarinet in A (+cl(Bb))
2. clarinet in A (+cl(Bb))
3. clarinet in A (+cl(Bb)
cl(Eb))
bass clarinet in B
1. bassoon
2. bassoon
3. bassoon (+ cbsn.)
1. horn in F
2. horn in F
3. horn in F
4. horn in F
1. trumpet in C
2. trumpet in C
3. trumpet in C
1. trombone
2. trombone
3. trombone
bass tuba
timpani
perc (3)
harp
celesta
harmonium
violin I
violin II
viola
violoncello
contrabass
Table of contents:
Vorwort - Texte
Preface - Texts
Préface - Textes
I. Langsam - mit ernst-leidenschaftlichem Ausdruck
II. Lebhaft
III. Von hier ab plötzlich breiter
IV. Langsam
V. Feurig und kraftvoll
VI. Sehr mäßige Viertel
VII. Molto adagio äußerst langsam und seelenvoll
Duration:
45’
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Work introduction

Alexander Zemlinsky wrote the Lyrische Symphonie in 1922/23 with the aim of bridging the gap between the lyrical and the symphonic, in a similar way to Gustav Mahler’s Lied von der Erde. Zemlinsky’s work is clearly more inclined towards the symphonic than the Mahler work which inspired it. Rodulf St. Hoffmann wrote of the piece in 1924 in the journal Musikblätter des Anbruch: “there are many songs of the earth. This is another. Its spiritual affiliation with Mahler is unmistakable – as is Zemlinsky’s own personality, which gives the piece its unique shape and meaning.”

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Lyric Symphony

Alexander Zemlinsky: Lyric Symphony

piano reduction
for soprano, baritone and orchestra , 45’
Cast: 4 3 4 3 - 4 3 3 1 - timp, perc(3), hp, cel, harm, str

Lyric Symphony

Alexander Zemlinsky: Lyric Symphony

piano reduction
for soprano, baritone and orchestra , 45’
Cast: 4 3 4 3 - 4 3 3 1 - timp, perc(3), hp, cel, harm, str

Lyric Symphony

Alexander Zemlinsky: Lyric Symphony

full score
for soprano, baritone and orchestra , 45’
Cast: 4 3 4 3 - 4 3 3 1 - timp, perc(3), hp, cel, harm, str

Next performances

25 Apr

Lyric Symphony

Grande Salle Pierre Boulez, Paris (FR)

26 Apr

Lyric Symphony

Grande Salle Pierre Boulez, Paris (FR)

Première

Location:
Prag
Date:
04.06.1924

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