Langsamer Satz (Webern, Anton)



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Work Title Langsamer Satz für Streichquartett
Alternative. Title
Composer Webern, Anton
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IAW 16
Key E-flat major
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 1 - Langsam, mit bewegtem-Ausdruck
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1905
First Performance. 1962-05-27 in Seattle, University of Washington
University of Washington String Quartet
First Publication. 1961 - New York: Carl Fischer
Copyright Information The edition published in 1961 by Carl Fischer is a non-urtext edition of James Beale (1924-2010) which is under copyright worldwide. Likewise the preface by Hans Moldenhauer (1906-1987) which was included. Only scans of the composer's manuscript can be added.
Average DurationAvg. Duration 8 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Early 20th century
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation 2 violins, viola, cello
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Apparently comes from the composer's manuscript in the Moldenhauer archive (this seems to be true of the published posthumous edition of the Idyll Im Sommerwind, for instance). Has anyone seen the composer's own title for the work, since one tries to prefer titles known to the composer (and authorized by them) even for unpublished works over titles attached posthumously, where possible anyway that is...? The manuscript is, I think, in the Moldenhauer Archives in the Library of Congress, so at least they are relatively accessible, I do believe. (Indeed part of their downloadable output has to do with dissertations from people who've had access to those archives, some of those dissertations about Webern works, so they're definitely not closed off to everyone...) If anyone has access to Webern's manuscripts or a photocopy of his cover page/title page (or any correspondence in which he may mention the work) that might at least settle the title-of-work question :)

RISM online has two items related to this work, but they are "primary sources" not of Webern's Langsamer Satz but rather an autograph and a related manuscript of Fraenkel's orchestration (full orchestra) of this quartet movement (1976).