Arnold Schönberg: Pierrot lunaire

Arnold Schönberg Pierrot lunaire
Pierrot lunaire

Arnold Schönberg: Pierrot lunaire

Opus:
op. 21
Year of composition:
1912
Scored for:
for speaker and 5 instrumentalists
Composer:
Arnold Schönberg
Text author:
Albert Giraud
Translator:
Otto Erich Hartleben; Andrew Porter
Preface:
Arnold Schönberg
Piano reduction:
Erwin Stein
Soloists:
speaker
Instrumentation:
1 0 1 0 - 0 0 0 0 - vln, vc, pno
Instrumentation details:
flute (+picc)
clarinet in A (+cl(Bb)
bass cl(Bb))
piano
violin (+vla)
violoncello
Table of contents:
Mondestrunken
Columbine
Der Dandy
Eine blasse Wäscherin
Valse de Chopin
Madonna
Der kranke Mond
Nacht
Gebet an Pierrot
Raub
Rote Messe
Galgenlied
Enthauptung
Die Kreuze
Heimweh
Gemeinheit
Parodie
Der Mondfleck
Serenade
Heimfahrt (Barcarole)
O alter Duft
Duration:
40’
Dedication:
Der ersten Interpretin Frau Albertine Zehme in herzlicher Freundschaft
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Work introduction

“Read the preface, looked at the poems, am delighted. Brilliant idea, just my kind of thing,” noted Arnold Schönberg in his diary, after hearing of the actress Albertine Zehme’s plans to set Dreimal sieben Gedichte aus Albert Girauds Pierrot lunaire to music. Originally, Zehme had been thinking of a work for a spoken voice with a piano accompaniment, but Schönberg did not want his composer’s imagination to be limited by this. Zehme, who commissioned the piece, agreed, and each of the 21 miniatures was given its own sound colour by the instruments employed: flute, clarinet, piano, violin and cello. The world première in 1912 apparently required 25 rehearsals.

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Pierrot lunaire

Arnold Schönberg: Pierrot lunaire

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for speaker and 5 instrumentalists , 40’
Instr.: 1 0 1 0 - 0 0 0 0 - vln, vc, pno

Next performances

01 Mar

Pierrot lunaire

Liszt Academy, Budapest (HU)

20 May

Pierrot lunaire

Opéra, Strasbourg (FR)

22 May

Pierrot lunaire

Opéra, Strasbourg (FR)

24 May

Pierrot lunaire

Opéra, Strasbourg (FR)

26 May

Pierrot lunaire

Opéra, Strasbourg (FR)

World première

Location:
Berlin
Date:
16.10.1912

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