King Lear (Balakirev, Mily)

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 Front cover, title page, preliminaries
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 Overture
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 Act 1
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 Act 2
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 Act 3
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 Act 4
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 Act 5
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 Table of Contents, colophon, back cover
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PMLP08740-Balakirev Lear Preliminaries fs 1969.pdf
Editor:

B. Barkan

Publisher Info.:

Moscow: Muzyka, 1969; plate 4190

Copyright:

Public Domain [tag/del]

Misc. Notes:

This Soviet edition of the complete Lear music was reprinted by Höflich in 2005.

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Overture

 Complete Score
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SIBLEY1802.12456.0f45-39087009296502score.pdf
Publisher Info.:

Leipzig: Zimmermann, n.d. Plate Z. 3835.

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This file is part of the Sibley Mirroring Project.

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Arrangements and Transcriptions

Complete Work

For Piano 4 hands (Composer)

 Complete score
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 Color cover
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SIBLEY1802.9998.cec9-39087011324128score.pdf
Publisher Info.:

Leipzig: J.H. Zimmerman, (1904). Plate Z. 3778

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Overture

For Piano 4 hands (Composer)

 Complete score
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Feldmahler (2007/2/01)

Balakirev - King Lear Overture (two piano reduction).pdf
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Leipzig: J.H. Zimmerman, (1904), Plate Z. 3778

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General Information

Work Title Музыка к трагедии У. Шекспира "Король Лир"
Alternative Title Music to Shakespeare's Tragedy "King Lear"
Composer Balakirev, Mily
Movements/Sections 15 (with one of the movements in two arrangements)
Year/Date of Composition 1858-1861, revised 1902-1905 [2]
First Publication 1904 (piano, 4-hands); 1906 score and parts) -- both publ. by Zimmerman
Librettist William Shakespeare
Language English and Russian (cues in the dialogue)
Dedication В.В. Стасову ("To V.V. Stasov")
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation full orchestra (see below, Comments); also arr. by composer for piano, 4-hands


Misc. Comments

Contents

  • Overture
  • Act I
    • Procession
    • Music of the "Procession" (arranged for one orchestra)
  • Act II
    • Introduction
    • Scene 1
    • Scene 2
    • Scene 4
  • Act III
    • Introduction
  • Act IV
    • Introduction
    • Scene 6
    • Scene 7
  • Act V
    • Introduction
    • Scene 1
    • Scene 2
    • Scene 3

Publication History

Revised version:

  • 1904: composer's arrangement for piano, 4 hands; Zimmerman
  • 1906: full score and parts; Zimmerman
  • 1969: full score, new engraving; Moscow: Muzyka; plate 4190.

Instrumentation

The cover page to the Muzyka score gives the general instrumentation, and then separate instrumentations for the Scenas (since there are no strings involved, these are possibly on-stage parts?):

  • Orchestra
piccolo, 2 flutes, oboe, english horn, 3 clarinets in B and A, 2 bassoons, 4 horns in F, 2 trumpets in B A E and F, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, triangle, drum, cymbals, bass drum, tamtam, harp, strings
  • I Atto
2 piccolos, 4 flutes, 4 oboes, 4 clarinets in B, 4 bassoons, 4 horns in F, 2 trumpets in F, 3 trombones, tuba, triangle, drum, cymbals, bass drum
  • IV Atto
flute, english horn, 2 clarinets in A, 2 bassoons, harp
  • V Atto
3 trumpets in B and E, 3 horns in E, alto flugelhorn in E, 2 tenor flugelhorns in B, 2 bass flugelhorns, contrabass flugelhorn, triangle, drum, cymbals, bass drum
  • V Atto [sic]
4 trumpets, 2 horns in E, 2 alto flugelhorns in E, 2 tenor flugelhorns in B, drum


It is not immediately apparent why the fifth Act is listed twice.

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