Arnold Schönberg: Gurre-Lieder (Arranger: Erwin Stein)

Arnold Schönberg Gurre-Lieder
Gurre-Lieder

Arnold Schönberg: Gurre-Lieder (Arranger: Erwin Stein)

Year of composition:
1900-1911
Version:
reduced version
Scored for:
for soli, choir and orchestra
Composer:
Arnold Schönberg
Arranger:
Erwin Stein
Text author:
Jens Peter Jacobsen
Soloists:
soprano, mezzo-soprano or alto, 2 tenors, bass, speaker
Instrumentation:
4 3 4 3 - 6 4 4 1 - timp, perc, hp(2), cel, harm, pno, str(at least 12 10 8 8 6)
Instrumentation details:
1st flute (+picc)
2nd flute (+picc)
3rd flute (+picc)
4th flute (ad lib.
+picc)
1st oboe
2nd oboe (+c.a)
cor anglais (+ob)
1st clarinet in A (+cl(Bb))
2nd clarinet in A (+cl(Bb))
3rd clarinet in A (+cl(Bb)
bass cl(A)
bass cl(Bb))
4th clarinet in A (+cl(Bb)
cl(Eb))
1st bassoon
2nd bassoon
contrabassoon (+bsn)
1st trumpet in F
2nd trumpet in F (+tpt(Bb))
3rd trumpet in F (+tpt(Bb))
4th trumpet in F (+tpt(Bb))
1st trombone
2nd trombone
3rd trombone
4th trombone
contrabass tuba
1st horn in F
2nd horn in F
3rd horn in F
4th horn in F
5th horn in F
6th horn in F
timpani
percussion
1st harp
2nd harp
celesta
piano
harmonium
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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Gurre-Lieder

Arnold Schönberg: Gurre-Lieder

full score
for soli, choir and orchestra , 130’
Instr.: 4 3 4 3 - 6 4 4 1 - timp, perc, hp(2), cel, harm, pno, str(at least 12 10 8 8 6)

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