Ernst Krenek: Journey Through the Austrian Alps

Ernst Krenek Journey Through the Austrian Alps
Journey Through the Austrian Alps

Ernst Krenek: Journey Through the Austrian Alps

Opus:
op. 62
Year of composition:
1929
Subtitle:
Liederzyklus
Version:
original version
Scored for:
for medium voice and piano
Composer:
Ernst Krenek
Text author:
Ernst Krenek
Soloists:
medium voice
Instrumentation details:
pno, voice
Table of contents:
: Motiv (BAND 1)
: Verkehr
: Kloster in den Alpen
: Wetter
: Traurige Stunde
: Friedhof im Gebirgsdorf
: Regentag (BAND 2)
: Unser Wein
: Rückblick
Krenek, Ernst: Auf und ab
: Alpenbewohner
: Politik (BAND 3)
: Gewitter
: Heimweh
: Heisser Tag am See
: Kleine Stadt in den Südlichen Alpen (BAND 4)
: Ausblick nach Süden
: Entscheidung
: Heimkehr
: Epilog
Duration:
75’
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Work introduction

In either of its versions, the “travel book” is one of Krenek’s most often-performed pieces. The text, which the young composer wrote himself, is also effective without music; it is an atmospheric picture of the Austrian landscape, reflecting Krenek’s love of his homeland and its nature.

It is also a product of the 1920s, when the memories and horrors of World War I were still vivid and when politically engaged, sensitive men such as Krenek already perceived the approaching catastrophe of the Second World War. The compelling music has traces of Schubert, Krenek’s strongest influence during the creative period which produced Op. 62.

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World première

Location:
Leipzig
Date:
17.01.1930

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