Ödipus in Kolonos, Op.93 (Mendelssohn, Felix)

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Editor Julius Rietz (1812–1877)
Publisher. Info. Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdys Werke, Serie 15
Leipzig: Breitkopf & Härtel, 1874–77. Plate M.B. 116.
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Work Title Oedipus in Kolonos
Alternative. Title Muzik zu Oedipus in Kolonos von Sophokles
Composer Mendelssohn, Felix
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. Op.93 ; MWV M 14
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IFM 117
Key D minor – D major
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 10 sections:
Introduction (13 bars)
1. "O schau! Er entfloh!" (207 bars)
1a. "Was sagst du, Kind?" (5 bars)
2. "Grausam ist es" (98 bars)
3. "Zur rossprangenden Flur" (172 bars)
4. "Weh mir!" (129 bars)
5. "Ach, wär ich" (184 bars)
6. "Wer ein längeres Lebensteil wünscht" (104 bars)
7. "Auf uns bricht" (218 bars)
8. "Ist es verstattet" (53 bars)
9. "Ihr, o geliebte Kinder beide" (81 bars)
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1845
First Performance. 1845-11-01 in Postdam, Neues Palais (first production)
1845-11-10 in Berlin (first public production)
First Publication. 1851 - Leipzig // London
Librettist Franz Fritze and Johann Jakob Christian Donner
after Sophocles (ca.497/96 – 406/05 BCE)
Language German
Average DurationAvg. Duration 50-60 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation solo voices (2 tenors, 2 basses), double male chorus, orchestra
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2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons
2 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones
timpani, harp, strings
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