Es war ein König in Thule, S.278 (Liszt, Franz)



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2nd version

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Gaylord (2013/2/6)

Publisher. Info. Leipzig: C.F. Kahnt, n.d. Plate 708.
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Schissel (2012/2/6)

Language English / German
Translator Unknown translator, English text
Publisher. Info. New York: G. Schirmer, 1876. Plate 1018.
Misc. Notes Version 2. Music closer to the Raabe edition (some clarifying natural/accidental signs exist that were not added by Raabe, some other differences?)
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Funper (2007/4/4)

Language English / German
Translator Arthur Westbrook (fl.1901-fl.1917), English text
Publisher. Info. Boston: Oliver Ditson, n.d. Plate 1902.
Misc. Notes Music differs in some details from the Raabe edition below.
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piupianissimo (2010/3/31)

Editor Peter Raabe (1872–1945)
Language German
Publisher. Info. Musikalische Werke. Serie VII, Band 2
Leipzig: Breitkopf & Härtel, 1921. Plate F.L. VII 34.
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Arrangements and Transcriptions


1st version

For Piano solo (Liszt)
See: Buch der Lieder I, S.531 (No.4)

2nd version

For Voice and Orchestra (Tchaikovsky)

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P.davydov (2022/6/3)

Arranger Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
Editor Irina Iordan (1910-1976)
Publisher. Info. Complete Collected Works, vol.59 (Полное собрание сочинений).
Moscow: Muzyka, 1970. Plate 6557.
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Misc. Notes Voice: Baritone
Orchestra: 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, strings
See also Tchaikovsky Research (TH 186)
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General Information

Work Title Es war ein König in Thule
Alternative. Title Le Roi de Thule
Composer Liszt, Franz
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. S.278/1 ; LW.N9/1 (1st version)
S.278/2 ; LW.N9/2 (1st version)
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IFL 97
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 1
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1842 (1st version)
1856 (2nd version)
First Publication. 1843 (1st version)
1856 (2nd version)
Librettist Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832)
Language German
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation Voice, piano
External Links The Lied, Art Song, and Choral Texts Archive

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Version History

  • Composed for voice and piano, 1842 (= 1st version, S.278/1)
Published 1843 by Schlesinger (Berlin)
Published 1844 by Schlesinger (Berlin)
  • Revised for mezzo-soprano voice and piano, 1856 (= 2nd version, S.278/2)
Published 1856 by Schlesinger (Berlin)

Published in a collection of lieder.

A major, identifying difference between versions 1 and 2: at the moment where the chalice falls into the deep, version 1 has pianistic fireworks and a simpler "ossia". Version 2 has only the ossia, apparently. (Arnold, The Liszt Companion, page 415.)