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:
Heinrich Jalowetz; Felix Greissle
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

01 Mar

Pelleas und Melisande

Brucknerhaus, Linz (AT)

15 Jun

Pelleas und Melisande

Concertgebouw, Amsterdam (NL)

World première

Location:
Wien
Date:
25.01.1905
Conductor:
Arnold Schönberg

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