Alexander Zemlinsky: Sinfonietta (Arranger: Roland Freisitzer)

Alexander Zemlinsky Sinfonietta
Sinfonietta

Alexander Zemlinsky: Sinfonietta (Arranger: Roland Freisitzer)

Opus:
op. 23
Year of composition:
1934
Scored for:
for chamber orchestra
Composer:
Alexander Zemlinsky
Arranger:
Roland Freisitzer (2013)
Instrumentation:
1 1 2 1 - 1 1 1 0 - pno, vln(2), vla, vc, cb
Instrumentation details:
flute
oboe
clarinet in A
bass clarinet in Bb
bassoon
horn in F
trumpet in C
trombone
piano
1st violin
2nd violin
viola
violoncello
double bass
Duration:
22’
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Work introduction

Peter Keuschnig asked me to choose a piece by Alexander Zemlinsky and arrange it for his Ensemble Kontrapunkte to play in one of its concerts in 2013. I selected the Sinfonietta because I thought it eminently suitable for such an arrangement. Apart from that, it is one of Zemlinsky’s works which could perhaps find a place in the repertoire of various chamber orchestras and ensembles in this smaller orchestration (my arrangement can also be performed with a small group of strings).

While working on the piece I tried to let the original show through wherever possible; where it was not, I re-orchestrated it thoroughly without, however, changing the harmonies and the structure. I deliberately dispensed with percussion, deciding instead on a piano part for accentuation. In principle, my intention was to conjure up an ensemble piece from an orchestra work – to create a version which would not be a diminishment but an autonomous ensemble work, another view of the original.

Roland Freisitzer

World première

Location:
Wien
Date:
11.03.2013
Orchestra:
Ensemble Kontrapunkte
Conductor:
Peter Keuschnig

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