Klage um Ali Bey, D.140 (Schubert, Franz)



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PDF scanned by Aldona Jones
Aldona Jones (2008/4/15)

Editor Josef Gänsbacher (1829-1911)
Eusebius Mandyczewski (1857–1929)
Publisher. Info. Franz Schubert's Werke, Serie 18, No.6
Leipzig: Breitkopf & Härtel, n.d.[1892]. Plate F.S. ?.
Reprinted New York: E.F. Kalmus, No.1066, n.d.(1933).
Misc. Notes 1st version. For women's chorus and piano.
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Arrangements and Transcriptions

For Voice and Piano

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Arranger Composer
Editor Walther Dürr (1932-2018)
Publisher. Info. Neue Schubert-Ausgabe, Serie IV, Bd.Band 7: Lieder 7 [NSA IV/7] (pp.84-85)
Kassel: Bärenreiter-Verlag, 1968. Plate BA 5502.

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Misc. Notes 2nd version, published as D.496a
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General Information

Work Title Klage um Ali Bey
Alternative. Title Lament for Ali Bey
Composer Schubert, Franz
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. D.140 (1st version); D.496a (2nd version)
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IFS 394
Key E-flat minor (both versions)
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 1 partsong (2 versions; 2nd version for voice and piano)
Klagend (both versions)
Text Incipit Lasst mich! Lasst mich! ich will klagen
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1815 (1st version)
1816 November? (2nd version)
First Publication. 1850 (1st version)
1968 (2nd version)
Librettist Matthias Claudius (1740-1815)
Language German
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation 2 tenors, bass, (piano)/female chorus, piano (1st version); voice, piano (2nd version)

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The earlier version of the piece (D.140) was written in 1815. Deutsch lists it as a version for 3 male voices (2 tenors, bass) and piano(?) ("Fassung als Terzett (2 Ten, Basso) mit Klavier(?)"), noting also that the Alte Gesamt-Ausgabe edition issued the work in a scoring for female chorus and piano (the AGA score is actually for three female voices: 2 sopranos, alto, and piano). The later version (D.496a), for which the NSA and Deutsch give a date of November 1816 (the date followed by a question mark in the NSA score) is scored for voice and piano (Deutsch lists it as "Fassung als Lied für Einzelstimme und Klavier"), and can be considered an arrangement of the earlier version. Deutsch does not list the works as "1st and 2nd version", probably because it is very rare for two versions of the same work to have different Deutsch numbers. However, the more current information listed in the Neue Schubert-Ausgabe website does identify D.496a as a "2nd version" of the work.

Given the confusion of the actual intended scoring for the 1st version, there are recordings employing the various scoring possibilities, for instance:
- For 2 tenors, bass and piano: recorded by John Mark Ainsley, Jamie MacDougall, Michael George and Graham Johnson, for the Hyperion label
- For 2 tenors and bass: recorded by Die Singphoniker, for the CPO label
- For 2 sopranos, alto and piano: recorded by Sybilla Rubens, Regina Jakobi, Ingeborg Danz and Ulrich Eisenlohr, for the Naxos label