Wien... New York: Universal-Edition [PN U.E. 5669], [October 18, 1924]. Large folio. Full cloth with original publisher's green printed wrappers bound in. [i] (title), [ii] (cast list, orchestra list, copyright/performing rights notice, with publisher given as "Universal-Edition Aktien-Gesellschaft, Wien-Leipzig"), 3-40 pp. Printed note to foot of first page of music: "Copyright 1923 by Universal-Edition."
"7" added in manuscript to title below "Eduard Steuermann." Publisher's catalogue "Arnold Schönbergs Werke in der Universal-Edition" to verso of lower wrapper.
Inscription in black ink to verso of upper wrapper: "Yours for more Wagnerian performances, Linton Martin 12/12/31."
Slightly worn; annotations to lower right corner of upper wrapper erased.
First Edition, second issue in this form. Rufer (Engl.) p. 36-37. Ringer p. 313. Tetsuo Satoh pp. 11-12. "The second issue of the first edition can be identified by two marginal details: First, on p. 40, the printer's siglum 'Weag' (abbreviation for Waldheim-Eberle A.G.) is omitted; second, on the verso of lower wrapper... 'Nr. 35 V 1923' [printed to the lower margin] has been reduced to 'Nr. 35.'" Website of the Arnold Schönberg Center, Vienna
Eduard Steuermann (1892-1964), pianist and composer, was one of the central figures in Schoenberg's circle. He played the piano part in several first performances of Schoenberg's works, including Pierrot Lunaire and the Piano Concerto. From 1938 on he lived in the United States.
A "drama with music" in one act to a libretto by the composer, Die glückliche Hand [The Hand of Fate] was first performed at the Volksoper in Vienna on October 14, 1924, with Fritz Stiedry conducting.
"This work was begun in 1910, but much of the music, including the first and last of the four scenes, was not composed until 1912-13. Like its companion piece, Erwartung, it contains only one singing character. It is shorter, lasting only 20 minutes or so, but the action is far more complex, involving two mimed roles, a chorus and elaborate scenic effects synchronized with constantly changing coloured lighting. This last feature was also used by Kandinsky in Der gelbe Klang, but Schoenberg did not know about it at the time. His conception coincides with his own most intense period of activity as a painter." O.W. Neighbour in Grove Music Online. Item #24252
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