New version of Schönberg’s 6 Orchestral Songs

Reading time: 1 min. Klaus Simon Arnold Schönberg

Arnold Schönberg composed his Orchestral Songs Op. 8 in the years 1903–1904, but it was ten years before they were even partially performed, in a concert conducted by Alexander Zemlinsky.

Five of the six late-romantic songs were then re-arranged in the early 20s by Hanns Eisler, Erwin Stein and Arnold Schönberg himself for the instrumentation of the Verein für musikalische Privataufführungen.

The new version by Klaus Simon of the songs 3, 4 and 6 completes the cycle and expands the Schönbergian ensemble with the horn and bassoon.

The work can be heard in Zurich on 28 March with the Collegium Novum Zurich conducted by Daniel Klajner. The soloist is Olivia Stahn.

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