Time for reduction

Reduced versions for
opera and orchestra works

We live in a time of reduction. But what we do not want to reduce, is our claim to make our life rich and valuable with music – meeting these demands is currently very difficult for concert halls and opera houses.
Therefore Universal Edition has created a list of reduced versions of masterpieces that make it possible to continue experiencing music as an indispensable nourishment - live and reflecting the great power of the music.

Scroll down to see our reduced versions for orchestra works!


OPERAS



Alban Berg

  • Lulu (1927–1935)
    opera in 3 acts, version for solo voices and chamber orchestra (2008/09) arranged by Eberhard Kloke | 180’
    1 1 2 1 - 1 1 1 0 - perc, acc, pno, str. (min: 2 2 2 2 1; max. 5 4 3 3 2), jazz band
  • Wozzeck (1914–1921)
    opera in 3 acts (15 scenes) for 21 instruments by John Rea (1995) | 90’
    1 2 3 2 - 2 1 1 0 - perc(2), hp, pno, str

Max Brand

  • Maschinist Hopkins (1928)
    opera in 1 prelude and 3 acts, reduced version by Steinmetz Werner (2015) | 135’
    2 1 1 1 - 2 1 2 1 - perc(3), pno, alto sax(Eb), str

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Leoš Janáček

Ernst Krenek

Frank Martin

Wolfgang Rihm

Arnold Schönberg

  • Erwartung (1901)
    monodrama in 1 act for soprano and chamber orchestra by Faradsch Karaew (2004) | 30’
    1 1 2 1 - 2 1 1 1 - perc(3), hp, cel, str.quin

Richard Strauss

  • Elektra
    one-act opera, reduced version by Richard Dünser (2017/2018) |105’
    2 2 3 2 - 4 2 3 1 - timp, perc(3), hp, harm(cel), str(10 9 8 7 5)

Richard Wagner

  • Das Rheingold (1853–1854)
    Eve of the stage play ‘The Ring of the Nibelungen’, for medium-sized orchestra by Eberhard Kloke (2018) | 140’
    2 2 2 2 - 4 2 4 0 - perc(2), hp, str(12 10 8 6 5)
  • Die Walküre
    First day of the stage play ‘The Ring of the Nibelungen’ for medium-sized orchestra by Eberhard Kloke (2018) | 240'
    2 2 3 2 - 4 2 4 0 - timp, perc(2), hp, cel, str
  • Siegfried
    Second day of the stage play “The Ring of the Nibelungen” for medium-sized orchestra by Eberhard Kloke (2018) | 300’
    2 3 3 3 - 4 2 4 1 - timp, perc(2), hp, pno, str(10 8 6 5 4)
  • Götterdämmerung
    Day 3 of the stage play ‘The Ring of the Nibelungen’ for medium-sized orchestra by Eberhard Kloke (2012) | 300’
    3 3 3 3 - 6 2 4 1 - timp, perc(2), hp, cel, str(10 8 6 5 4)

Alexander Zemlinsky

  • Der Zwerg / The Dwarf
    A tragic fairy tale for music in 1 act, chamber version by Jan-Benjamin Homolka (2014) | 90
    1 1 1 1 - 2 1 1 0 - perc(2), hp, harm, pno, str (1 1 1 1 1 or more players) - Stage music: 3 tpt, tamb, pno
  • Eine florentinische Tragödie (1916)
    opera in 1 act for soli and ensemble or chamber orchestra by Roland Freisitzer (2015) | 60
    1 1 3 1 - 2 1 1 0 - timp, perc(2), cel, pno, str

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ORCHESTRA WORKS

 

Béla Bartók

  • Concerto for Orchestra
    for ensemble or chamber orchestra arranged by Roland Freisitzer (2018) | 40
    1 1 1 1 - 1 1 1 1 - 2-3 perc - pf - hp - 1 1 1 1 1  (or multiple strings)
  • The Miraculous Mandarin op.19
    for ensemble or chamber orchestra arranged by Roland Freisitzer | 21
    2 1 3 1 – 2 1 2 1 – timp, xyl, hp, cel, pno, s.d, t.d, b.d, str
  • Petite Suite
    for string orchestra arranged by Jay Schwartz (2016) | 10
  • Petite Suite
    for two violins and string orchestra arranged by Jay Schwartz (2016) | 10
  • Tanz-Suite
    for ensemble or chamber orchestra arranged by Roland Freisitzer | 18
    1 1 2 1 - 1 1 1 0 - 2 perc - pf - 1 1 1 1 1 (or multiple strings)

Alban Berg

  • 3 Bruchstücke from ‘Lulu’
    for soprano, alto, tenor, baritone and ensemble arranged by Eberhard Kloke (2008) | 10
    1 1 2 1 - 1 1 1 0 - perc(2), pno, str(4 4 3 3 2)
  • 3 frühe Lieder
    for high or medium voice and orchestra arranged by Chris Gordon (2009) | 4
    An Leukon | for high or medium voice and string orchestra
    Schließe mir die Augen beide | for high or medium voice and orchestra
    1 1 2 1 - 1 1 1 0 - Solo-Vl I, Solo-Vl II, Solo-Va, 2 Vc, Solo-Kb
    Die Sorglichen | for high or medium voice and wind instruments
    2 2 3 3 - 2 1 2 0
  • 3 Orchesterstücke op. 6
    for small orchestra arranged by John Rea (2014) | 19
    1 2 3 2 - 2 1 1 1 - perc(3), hp, pno, str(2 2 2 2 2)
  • 4 Lieder op. 2
    for medium voice and ensemble arranged by Richard Dünser (2010) | 7
    1 1 1 1 - 1 0 0 0 - hp, vln(2), vla, vc, cb
  • 4 Lieder op. 2
    for voice and chamber ensemble arranged by Klaus Simon | 7
    1 1 2 1 - 2 0 0 0 - perc(2), hp, cel, harm, str
  • 4 Stücke op. 5
    for clarinet and ensemble arranged by Klaus Simon (2012) | 8
    1 1 1 1 - 1 1 0 0 - perc, hp, vln, vln, vla, vc, cb
  • 7 frühe Lieder
    for high voice and ensemble or chamber orchestra arranged by Paul Leonard Schäffer (2014) | 17
    1 1 1 1 - 1 0 0 0 - pno, glock, str (min. 1 1 1 1 1, max. 4 4 3 2 1 players)
  • Der Wein
    for high voice and chamber orchestra arranged by Eberhard Kloke (2007) | 15
    1 1 1 1 - 1 1 1 0 - perc(1), hp, acc or alto sax(2), pno, str(2 2 2 2 1)
  • Passacaglia
    for chamber ensemble arranged by Klaus Simon (2013) | 5’

Georges Bizet

  • Carmen-Suite No. 1
    for chamber orchestra arranged by Gábor Kerényi (2016) | 13
    1 1 2 1 - 2 1 1 0 – timp (ad lib), perc (ad lib), hp (ad lib), str (min. 3 2 2 2 1)
  • Carmen-Suite No. 1
    for ensemble arranged by Gábor Kerényi (2016) | 13 
    1 1 2 1 - 2 1 1 0 – timp (ad lib), perc (ad lib), hp (ad lib), str (min. 1 1 1 1 1)

  • Carmen-Suite No. 2
    for chamber orchestra arranged by Gábor Kerényi (2016) | 23’ 
    1 1 2 1 - 2 1 1 0 – timp (ad lib), perc (ad lib), hp (ad lib), str (min. 3 2 2 2 1)

  • Carmen-Suite No. 2 
    for ensemblearranged by Gábor Kerényi (2016) | 23’
    1 1 2 1 - 2 1 1 0 – timp (ad lib), perc (ad lib), hp (ad lib), str (min. 1 1 1 1 1)

Claude Debussy

Edward Elgar

  • Enigma Variations op. 36
    for ensemble or chamber orchestra arranged by George Morton (2016) | 32’
    1 1 1 1 - 2 1 1 0 - perc, pno, str (min. 1 1 1 1 1, max. 6 5 4 3 2)

  • Pomp and Circumstance March No. 4 | op. 39/4
    for ensemble or chamber orchestra arranged by George Morton (2017) | 5
    1 1 1 1 - 2 1 1 0 - perc, pno, str (min. 1 1 1 1 1, max. 6 5 4 3 2)

Gabriel Fauré

  • Pavane op. 50
    for ensemble or chamber orchestra arranged by Paolo Fradiani (2015) | 6
    1 1 1 0 - 1 0 0 0 - hp (or pno), str

  • Pelléas et Mélisande | Suite | op. 80
    for chamber orchestra arranged by Gábor Kerényi (2015) | 20
    1 1 2 1 - 2 1 0 0 - timp (ad lib.), hp (ad lib.), str (multiple players)

Gustav Holst

  • A Somerset Rhapsody | op. 21/2
    for ensemble or chamber orchestra arranged by George Morton (2017) | 10
    1 1 1 1 - 1 1 1 0 - perc, str (min. 1 1 1 1 1, max. 6 5 4 3 2)

  • The Planets op. 32
    for ensemble or chamber orchestra arranged by George Morton (2015) | 50
    1 1 1 1 - 2 1 1 0 - perc, pno, str (min. 1 1 1 1 1, max. 6 5 4 3 2)

 Leoš Janáček

  • On an Overgrown Path
    for ensemble or chamber orchestra arranged by Richard Dünser | 30
    1 2 3 1 - 2 0 0 0 - hp, vln(2) vla(2) vc(2) cb(1)

  • Songs of Detva, brigand ballads
    for medium voice and ensemble arranged by Jaromír Dlouhý (2000) | 15
    cl, cimb(2), vln.I, vln.II, vla, vc, cb

  • Overture | from the opera ‘From the House of the Dead’
    for solo violin and ensemble arranged by Kimmy Szeto (2011) | 6
    1 1 1 1 - 2 1 0 0, str

  • Pohádka
    for solo violincello and ensemble arranged by Reinbert de Leeuw (2013) | 12’30”
    1 2 2 1 - 2 0 0 0 - hp, str

  • Volksnokturnen: Abendgesänge aus Rovne
    for 2 medium voices and ensemble arranged by Jaromir Dlouhý (2001) | 20
    cl(2), cimb, vln.I, vln.II, vla, vc, cb

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Gustav Mahler

  • Symphony No. 1
    for ensemble or chamber orchestra arranged by Klaus Simon (2008) | 50
    1 1 2 1 - 2 1 0 0 - perc, harm, pno, str (1 1 1 1 1, max. 6 5 4 3 2)

  • Symphony No. 3
    for ensemble or chamber orchestra and one voice arranged by Ronald Kornfeil (2018) | 90
    1 1 2 1 - 1 1 1 0 - perc(1–2), pno, str (1 1 2 1 1 or multiple players)

  • Symphony No. 4
    for soprano and ensemble or chamber orchestra arranged by Klaus Simon (2007) | 54
    1 1 1 1 - 1 1 0 0 - perc, hp, pno, vln, vln, vla, vc, cb
  • Symphony No. 5
    for chamber ensemble arranged by Klaus Simon (2014) | 65
    1 1 2 1 - 2 1 0 0 - perc(2), hp, harm, pno – str

  • Adagietto from Symphony No. 5
    for chamber ensemble arranged by Klaus Simon (2014) | 10
    0 0 2 0 - 0 0 0 0, hp, vln(2), vla, vc, db

  • Symphony No. 6
    for chamber ensemble or chamber orchestra arranged by Klaus Simon (2017) | 85
    1 1 2 1 - 2 1 0 0 - perc(2), hp, harm, pno, str
  • Symphony No. 9
    for ensemble or chamber orchestra arranged by Klaus Simon (2011) | 75
    1 1 2 1 - 2 1 0 0 - perc, harm, pno, str (1 1 1 1 1, max. 6 5 4 3 2)

  • Symphony No. 10
    for chamber orchestra arranged by Michelle Castelletti (2012) | 75
    1 1 1 1 - 1 1 0 0 - perc, hp, pno, vln, vln, vla, vc, cb
  • Adagio from Symphony No. 10
    for chamber orchestra arranged by Cliff Colnot (2008) | 25
    1 2 2 1 - 1 1 1 0 - perc(1), hp, vln.I(3), vln.II(3), vla(3), vc(2), cb(1)

  • 14 Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit
    for voice and ensemble arranged by Pierre Hoppé (2012) | 40
    1 0 1 0 - 0 0 0 0 - perc, acc, pno, vln, vla, vc

  • Das Lied von der Erde/The Song of the Earth
    for soli and ensemble arranged by Glen Cortese (2006) | 60
    1 1 1 1 - 1 1 1 0 - perc(2), hp, cel, str(2 2 2 2 1)

  • Der Abschied | from “Das Lied von der Erde”
    for alto and chamber orchestra arranged by Eberhard Kloke (2004) | 25’
    1 1 1 1 - 1 0 0 0 - perc, hp, harm, pno, str(1 1 1 1 1)

  • Kindertotenlieder
    for low voice and chamber ensemble arranged by Eberhard Kloke (2013) | 20’
    1 1 2 1 - 2 1 0 0 - perc(2), harm, pno, str(min. 1 1 1 1 1, max. 6 5 4 3 2)

  • Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen / Songs of a Wayfarer
    for medium voice and chamber orchestra arranged by Eberhard Kloke (2004) | 17
    1 1 1 1 - 1 0 0 0 - timp, perc, hp, harm, pno, str(1 1 1 1 1)

  • Resurrection Chorale | from 2. Symphonie
    for soloists, chorus and chamber orchestra arranged by Gilbert Kaplan (2008) | 20
    1 1 1 1 - 1 3 1 0 - timp, perc, hp, org, str

  • Rückert-Lieder
    for low voice and chamber ensemble arranged by Eberhard Kloke (2013) | 22
    1 1 2 1 - 1 1 1 0 - hp, pno, vln, vln, vla, vc, cb

  • Rückert-Lieder
    for high or medium voice and ensemble arranged by Daniel Grossman (2009) | 22
    1 1 1 1 - 1 0 0 0 - harm, pno, vln.I, vln.II, vla, vc, cb

  • Wunderhorn-Lieder / The Youth's Magic Horn
    for high or low voice and ensemble or chamber orchestra arranged by Klaus Simon (2012) | 75

Darius Milhaud

  • Konzert
    for percussion and percussion ensemble arranged by Thaddeus Robert Anderson (2004) | 7
    mba(5), vib, xyl, glock, t.bells

Maurice Ravel

  • Ma Mère l’Oye
    for ensemble or chamber orchestra arranged by Paolo Fradiani (2015) | 18
    1 1 1 0 - 1 0 0 0 - hp (or pno), str

  • Pavane pour une infante défunte
    for ensemble or chamber orchestra arranged by Paolo Fradiani (2015) | 7
    1 1 1 0 - 1 0 0 0 - hp (or pno), str

Arnold Schönberg

Franz Schubert

Peter I. Tschaikowsky

  • The Nutcracker
    Ballet in 2 acts (1891/1892) for ensemble or chamber orchestra (and choir ad lib.) arranged by Ronald Kornfeil (2019) | 90’
    1 1 2 1 - 1 1 1 0 - timp (ad lib.), perc, hp (ad lib.), pno, str (single or multiple players)

  • Nutcracker-Suite
    for ensemble or chamber orchestra arranged by Ronald Kornfeil (2019) | 25’
    1 1 2 1 - 1 1 1 0 - timp (ad lib.), perc, hp (ad lib.), pno, str (single or multiple players)
  • Symphony No. 5
    for ensemble or chamber orchestra arranged by George Morton (2016) | 47
    1 1 1 1 - 2 1 1 0 - timp, str (min. 1 1 1 1 1, max. 6 5 4 3 2)

Richard Wagner

  • 5 Wesendonck-Lieder
    for high or low voice and chamber orchestra arranged by Ronald Kornfeil (2007) | 23
    1 1 2 1 - 2 0 0 0 - vln.I, vln.II, vla, vc.I, vc.II, cb (str: min. 3 2 2 1+1 1, max. 12 10 8 5+5 4)

Anton Webern

  • 4 Lieder | op. 12
    for soprano and ensemble arranged by Thomas Pernes (2008) | 5
    1 1 2 1 - 1 0 0 0, vln(2), vla, vc, cb
  • 4 Stücke | op. 7
    for violin and ensemble arranged by Richard Dünser (2014) | 5
    1 1 1 1 - 1 0 0 0 - perc, hp, vln, vln, vla, vc, cb

  • 6 Stücke | op. 6
    for chamber orchestra arranged by Pierre-Alain Monot (2017) | 12
    1 1 2 0 - 3 1 2 0 - perc(3), hp, cel, str

  • Passacaglia | op. 1
    for ensemble arranged by Alexander Wagendristel (2008) | 12
    1 1 2 1 - 1 1 1 0 - pno, vln(2), vla, vc, cb

 Kurt Weill

 Alexander Zemlinsky

  • 6 Maeterlinck-Gesänge
    for medium voice and chamber orchestra arranged by Andreas N. Tarkmann (2010) | 16‘
    fl, cl(A), harm, pno, str.quin

  • 7 Lieder von Nacht und Traum
    for medium voice and ensemble or chamber orchestra arranged by Richard Dünser (2013) | 20‘
    1 2 1 1 - 2 0 0 0 - hp, basset hn, vln, vln, vla, vc, cb

  • Kammerkonzert
    for ensemble, after Trio op. 3 arranged by Richard Dünser (2014) | 25‘
    1 2 3 1 - 1 0 0 0 - hp, vln, vln, vla, vc(2), cb

  • Kammersymphonie
    for 14 solo instruments or chamber orchestra, after Stringquartet Nr. 2 arranged by Richard Dünser (2013) | 40‘
    1 2 2 1 - 2 0 0 0, basset hn, vln, vln, vla, vc, cb

  • Lyrische Symphonie / Lyric Symphony
    for soprano, baritone and chamber orchestra arranged by Thomas Heinisch (2012) | 45‘
    1 1 2 1 - 2 1 2 0 - timp, perc, hp, harm, pno, vln.I, vln.II, vla, vc, cb

  • Serenade
    for violin and chamber orchestra arranged by Franz Hummel (2010) | 22‘
    1 1 1 1 - 2 0 0 0 - timp, str

  • Sinfonietta
    for chamber orchestra arranged by Roland Freisitzer (2013) | 22‘
    1 1 2 1 - 1 1 1 0 - pno, vln(2), vla, vc, cb

 

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