Franz Schmidt: Symphony No. 4

Franz Schmidt Symphony No. 4
Symphony No. 4

Franz Schmidt: Symphony No. 4

Key:
C major
Year of composition:
1933
Scored for:
for orchestra
Composer:
Franz Schmidt
Translator:
Eugene Hartzell
Preface:
Karl Trötzmüller
Instrumentation:
2 3 3 3 - 4 3 3 1 - timp, perc(3), hp(2), str
Instrumentation details:
1st flute
2nd flute (+picc)
1st oboe
2nd oboe
cor anglais
clarinet in Eb
1st clarinet in Bb
2nd clarinet in Bb
1st bassoon
2nd bassoon
contrabassoon
1st horn in F
2nd horn in F
3rd horn in F
4th horn in F
1st trumpet in C
2nd trumpet in C
3rd trumpet in C
1st trombone
2nd trombone
3rd trombone
bass tuba
timpani
percussion(3)
1st harp
2nd harp
violin I
violin II
viola
violoncello
contrabass
Table of contents:
Vierte Symphonie
Remarks:
2nd movement - requiem for his daughter Study score available at Musikproduktion Höflich: www.musikmph.de
Duration:
46’
Dedication:
Oswald Kabasta gewidmet
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Work introduction

When Franz Schmidt's 4. Symphonie received its world première in 1934, Paul Stefan wrote in the music journal Anbruch: “As well as the novelty and audacity of form, what really makes this work stand out is the confession-box honesty of its sound language that refuses to bow to convention and that can be understood by everyone – making it anything but banal. It is not easy to perform, even if it barely presents any difficulties to the listener. The long breath of this speech, which never seems long-winded or pompous, is a particular pleasure. Overall, the piece has an elegant, natural decorum.”

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Symphony No. 4

Franz Schmidt: Symphony No. 4

score
for orchestra , 46’
Instr.: 2 3 3 3 - 4 3 3 1 - timp, perc(3), hp(2), str

Symphony No. 4

Franz Schmidt: Symphony No. 4

piano reduction
for orchestra , 46’
Instr.: 2 3 3 3 - 4 3 3 1 - timp, perc(3), hp(2), str

World première

Location:
Wien
Date:
30.11.1933
Conductor:
Oswald Kabasta

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