Arnold Schönberg: Gurre-Lieder

Arnold Schönberg Gurre-Lieder
Gurre-Lieder

Arnold Schönberg: Gurre-Lieder

Year of composition:
1900-1911
Scored for:
for solos, choir and orchestra
Composer:
Arnold Schönberg
Text author:
Jens Peter Jacobsen
Translator:
Donna Hewitt; Robert Franz Arnold
Thematic analysis:
Alban Berg
Choir:
Waldemars Mannen: 3 (eventuell 4) 4-stimmige Männerchöre, 8-stimmiger gemischter Chor (große Besetzung)
Soloists:
soprano, mezzo-soprano or alto, 2 tenors, bass, speaker
Instrumentation:
8 5 7 5 - 10 6 6 1 - timp, perc, hp(4), cel, bass tpt, bass tbn, str
Instrumentation details:
1. piccolo (+fl)
2. piccolo (+fl)
3. piccolo (+fl)
4. piccolo (+fl)
1. flute
2. flute
3. flute
4. flute
1. oboe
2. oboe
3. oboe
4. oboe (+c.a)
5. oboe (+c.a)
1. clarinet in Eb (+cl(A))
2. clarinet in Eb (+cl(A))
1. clarinet in B (+cl(A))
2. clarinet in B (+cl(A))
3. clarinet in B (+cl(A))
1. bass clarinet in B (+cl(A))
2. bass clarinet in B (+cl(A))
1. bassoon
2. bassoon
3. bassoon
1. contrabassoon
2. contrabassoon
1. horn in F
2. horn in F
3. horn in F
4. horn in F
5. horn in F
6. horn in F
7. horn in F
8. horn in F
9. horn in F
10. horn in F
1. trumpet in F (+tpt(Bb)
tpt(C))
2. trumpet in F (+tpt(Bb)
tpt(C))
3. trumpet in F (+tpt(Bb)
tpt(C))
4. trumpet in F (+tpt(Bb)
tpt(C))
5. trumpet in F (+tpt(Bb)
tpt(C))
6. trumpet in F (+tpt(Bb)
tpt(C))
basstrumpet in Eb
altotrombone
1. tenor bass trombone
2. tenor bass trombone
3. tenor bass trombone
4. tenor bass trombone
bass trombone in Eb
contrabass trombone
contrabass tuba
timpani
perc
1. harp
2. harp
3. harp
4. harp
celesta
violin I
violin II
viola
violoncello
contrabass
Duration:
130’
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Work introduction

Schönberg worked on his Gurre- Lieder for soloists, chorus and orchestra from 1900-1911, a period in which he left the work’s style far behind. For him its completion represented the documentation of a compositional style and spiritual attitude no longer his own. At its 1913 première in the Vienna Musikverein the piece enjoyed overwhelming success; Schönberg’s pupil Webern wrote: What a moment of my life! Unforgettable… The sensation of this tumultuous noise thrills me to the point where I swoon…

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World première

Location:
Wien
Date:
23.02.1913
Orchestra:
Wiener Tonkünstler-Orchester
Conductor:
Franz Schreker

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