Die glückliche Hand, Op.18 (Schoenberg, Arnold)



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Ghobbs108 (2009/3/19)

Engraver Vienna: Waldheim-Eberle.
Publisher. Info. Vienna: Universal Edition, 1917. Plate U.E. 5670, 13613.
Misc. Notes First page of score has a different plate #.
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Arranger Edward Steuermann (1892-1964), two-piano reduction
Publisher. Info. Vienna: Universal Edition, No.5669, 1923. Plate U.E. 5669.
Misc. Notes Reduction is for two pianos, not one.
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Publisher. Info. Vienna: Universal Edition, n.d. Plate 5672.
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General Information

Work Title Die glückliche Hand
Alternative. Title The Fortunate Hand
Drama mit Musik
Name Translations Onnellinen käsi; La mano bendecida; 幸福な手
Name Aliases La Main heureuse
Authorities WorldCat; Wikipedia; VIAF: 177915681; LCCN: n97034392; GND: 300305885; BNF: 13958084z
Composer Schoenberg, Arnold
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. Op.18
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IAS 7
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 1 act in 4 scenes
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1910–13
First Performance. 1924/10/24 in Vienna (Schoenberg Center has 1924-10-14)
First Publication. 1911 (text)
1917 (music)
Librettist Composer
Language German
Average DurationAvg. Duration 16-23 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Early 20th century
Piece Style Early 20th century
Instrumentation baritone, 2 mimes, mixed chorus (SSSAAATTTBBB), orchestra
Ein Mann (baritone)
Ein Weib (mimed female role)
Ein Herr (mimed male role)


6 Women (3 sopranos, 3 altos), 6 Men (3 tenors, 3 bass)


piccolo, 3 flutes (3rd also piccolo), 3 oboes, English horn,
D clarinet, 3 clarinets, bass clarinet, 3 bassoons, contrabassoon
4 horns, 3 trumpets, 4 trombones, bass tuba
timpani, cymbals, bass drum, snare drum, tam-tam, high bells, low bells
triangle, xylophone, glockenspiel, metal tubes, tambourine, hammer
celesta, harp, strings.

Behind Stage Instruments

piccolo, E clarinet, horn, trumpet, 3 trombones, triangle, cymbals
External Links Arnold Schoenberg Center (contains a link to download the libretto and introduction)
Wikipedia article