Symphony in D minor, Op.39 (Graener, Paul)

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Publisher. Info. Vienna: Universal Edition, 1912. Plate U.E. 3383.
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General Information

Work Title Schmied Schmerz
Alternative. Title Symphony
Composer Graener, Paul
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. Op.39
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IPG 50
Key D minor
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 3 movements
I. Larghetto - Allegro (appassionato)
II. Adagio (G major)
III. Allegro energico
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1911 August 23
First Performance. 1912 February 14
  • Composer
First Publication. 1912
Dedication Fritz Cassirer gewidmet
Average DurationAvg. Duration 30 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Early 20th century
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation orchestra
3 flutes (3rd also piccolo), 3 oboes (3rd also English horn),
3 clarinets (3rd also bass clarinet), 3 bassoons (3rd also contrabassoon)
6 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba
timpani, cymbals, tam-tam, harp, strings

Misc. Comments

  • Please note the explanation at the beginning of the score about its unusual notation. The score is notated in C, with the bass clarinet, contrabassoon, horns, and contrabasses sounding one octave lower. While the sounding octave of the piccolo is not specified in the score, its written range makes clear that it is notated an octave lower than sounding (as per custom).
  • The third movement has the following inscription, from which the symphony evidently derives its nickname:
    “Der Schmerz ist ein Schmied, sein Hammer schlägt hart.” O. J. B. ("Pain is a blacksmith; his hammer strikes hard.")
The inscription at the opening of the movement is from the poem "Schmied Schmerz" by Otto Julius Bierbaum (1865-1910), found in Irrgarten der Liebe. Verliebte, launenhafte und moralische Lieder, Gedichte und Sprüche aus den Jahren 1885 bis 1900

Premiered (?) February 14, 1912, conducted by the composer.

(The notes to a cpo recording (released November 2013) may make this clearer.)

See ÖNB (autograph orchestral score) : "Fuschl b. St. Gilgen, 23. August 1911."