04/10/2011

Alexander Zemlinsky: New arrangements of 6 Gesänge

Alexander Zemlinsky's Sechs Gesänge, based on poems by Maurice Maeterlinck, were composed as piano songs in 1910 and 1913 and orchestrated in 1924. They show the art of song writing at its very best. The vocal part is characterised by sensitivity and simplicity, embedded in a web of sensuous instrumental voices.

In 1921 Erwin Stein arranged Die Mädchen mit den verbundenen Augen (No. 2) and Und kehrt er einst heim (No. 5) for medium voice and chamber ensemble. To complete the collection, Andreas Tarkmann has now arranged the other four songs for medium voice and chamber ensemble. The world première of the new version will be given on 10 Oct at the Musikverein in Vienna. Peter Keuschnig conducts Anna Maria Pammer and Ensemble Kontrapunkte.

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