Lyrische Symphonie, Op.18 (Zemlinsky, Alexander von)



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Editor First edition (full score)
Publisher. Info. Vienna: Universal Edition, 1925. Plate U.E. 7371.
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Arranger Heinrich Jalowetz (1882-1946)
Language German
Publisher. Info. Vienna: Universal Edition, 1924. Plate U.E. 7370.
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Work Title Lyrische Symphonie
Alternative. Title Lyrische Symphonie : in sieben Gesängen nach Gedichten von Rabindranath Tagore
Name Translations 抒情交响曲; 抒情交響曲; הסימפוניה הלירית; Symphonie lyrique; Lyric Symphony; السيمفونيه الغنائيه; Sinfonía lírica
Name Aliases 叙情交響曲; Symphonie lyrique op 18; Lyrische Symphonie in sieben Gesängen; Sinfonía lírica, op. 18
Authorities WorldCat; Wikipedia; VIAF: 178221232; GND: 300177089; SUDOC: 260962252; BNF: 13988980p
Composer Zemlinsky, Alexander von
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. Op.18
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IAZ 13
Key Begins in F minor, ends on D major (with added notes)
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 7 songs
  1. Ich bin friedlos (Langsam (Grave.) mit ernst-leidenschaftlichem Ausdruck) - folgt ohne Pause
  2. Mutter, der junge Prinz (Lebhaft) -
  3. Du bist die Abendwolke (Adagio) -
  4. Sprich zu mir, Geliebter (Langsam)
  5. Befrei mich von den Banden (Feurig und kraftvoll) -
  6. Vollende denn das letzte Lied (Sehr mäßige ♩(Andante)) -
  7. Friede, mein Herz (Molto adagio (äußerst langsam und seelenvoll))
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1923
First Performance. 1924 June 4, Prague
First Publication. 1923 – Vienna: Universal Edition (vocal score by Heinrich Jalowetz (1882-1946))
Librettist Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) translated by Jan Śliwiński (1884–1950) (as "Hans Effenberger")
Language German
Average DurationAvg. Duration 46 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Early 20th century
Piece Style Early 20th century
Instrumentation Voices: soprano, baritone
Orchestra: 4 flutes, 3 oboes, 4 clarinets, 3 bassoons + 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba + percussion + harmonium, celesta, harp + strings
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French Wikipedia article, and Discordant melody: Alexander Zemlinsky, his songs... give date of composition as finished in 1922, possibly based on a letter he wrote to Hertzka in September 1922 in which he said that that summer he had written an as-yet-untitled work in seven sections etc. (The orchestral parts were still not ready for a planned premiere in 1923- which as Beaumont notes was delayed by 364 days- but whether that means he had only finished the work in short score, or in full score, in 1922, is unclear. Still, 1922 seems more accurate for completion of at least most if not all of the work based on existing evidence.)