Arnold Schönberg: Pelleas und Melisande

Arnold Schönberg Pelleas und Melisande
Pelleas und Melisande

Arnold Schönberg: Pelleas und Melisande

Opus:
op. 5
Year of composition:
1902-1903
Subtitle:
Symphonic poem (after Maeterlinck)
Scored for:
for orchestra
Composer:
Arnold Schönberg
Piano reduction:
Felix Greissle; Heinrich Jalowetz
Subject:
Maurice Maeterlinck
Thematic analysis:
Alban Berg
Instrumentation:
4 4 5 4 - 8 4 5 1 - timp(2), perc(3), hp(2 od. 4), str(16 16 12 12 8)
Instrumentation details:
piccolo
1. flute
2. flute
3. flute (+picc.)
1. oboe
2. oboe
3. oboe (+c.a.)
cor anglais
clarinet in Eb
1. clarinet in A
2. clarinet in A
3. clarinet in A (+2. bass cl(Bb))
bass clarinet in A (+bass cl.(Bb))
1. bassoon
2. bassoon
3. bassoon
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
1. trumpet in F (+tpt in E)
2. trumpet in F (+tpt in E)
3. trumpet in F (+tpt in E)
4. trumpet in F (+tpt in E)
altotrombone
1. tenor bass trombone
2. tenor bass trombone
3. tenor bass trombone
4. tenor bass trombone
contrabass tuba
1.2. timpani
perc
1. harp
2. harp
I/II. harp
III/Iv. harp
violin I
violin II
viola
violoncello
contrabass
Duration:
45’
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Work introduction

Arnold Schönberg wrote Pelleas and Melisande in 1902 after Strauss had recommended to him Maurice Maeterlinck’s five-act drama with its sequence of mood and scene paintings heavily laden with symbolism.

The post-Romantic musical gestures of the large-scale orchestra are never “purely descriptive”, as Alban Berg insists in his analysis, but revolve around the aesthetic idea of interpreting the subject not as content of, but as pre-condition for the music (Therese Muxeneder).

The first performance in Vienna in 1905, under Schönberg’s direction, unleashed a grand furore – one of the critics suggested putting me in a mental institution and keeping manuscript paper out of my reach (Arnold Schönberg).

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Pelleas und Melisande

Arnold Schönberg: Pelleas und Melisande

piano reduction
for orchestra , 45’
Instr.: 4 4 5 4 - 8 4 5 1 - timp(2), perc(3), hp(2 od. 4), str(16 16 12 12 8)

Pelleas und Melisande

Arnold Schönberg: Pelleas und Melisande

full score
for orchestra , 45’
Instr.: 4 4 5 4 - 8 4 5 1 - timp(2), perc(3), hp(2 od. 4), str(16 16 12 12 8)

Next performances

23 Feb

Pelleas und Melisande

Symphony Hall, Szczecin (PL)

01 Mar

Pelleas und Melisande

Brucknerhaus, Linz (AT)

10 Mar

Pelleas und Melisande

Casa da Musica, Porto (PT)

18 Apr

Pelleas und Melisande

Helsinki Music Centre, Concert Hall, Helsinki (FI)

19 Apr

Pelleas und Melisande

Helsinki Music Centre, Concert Hall, Helsinki (FI)

World première

Location:
Wien
Date:
25.01.1905
Conductor:
Arnold Schönberg

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