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Franz Schubert: Gretchen am Spinnrade

(Arranger: Max Reger)

  • in D minor
  • for high voice and orchestra
  • 1 1 2 1 - 1 0 0 0 - timp, str
  • Duration: 4’
  • Soloists:
    high voice
  • Instrumentation details:
    flute
    oboe
    1st clarinet in Bb
    2nd clarinet in Bb
    bassoon
    horn in F
    timpani
    violin I
    violin II
    viola
    violoncello
    contrabass
  • Composer: Franz Schubert
  • Arranger: Max Reger
  • Text author: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Work introduction

Near the end of his short life, Reger undertook a number of orchestral arrangements of Schubert Lieder. The scoring attests to the German composer’s mastery; the instrumental voices remain in the background, coming to the fore only at moments of dramatic outburst, leaving the listener with the impression of hearing scenes from music dramas.

Reger’s important arrangements have enriched the repertoire of orchestra Lieder.

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