Wien–Leipzig: Universal-Edition [PN U.E. 6060], ©1917.
Oblong folio (259 x 337 mm). Original publisher's printed wrappers. 16 pp.
Schoenberg's preface, "Die vereinfachte Studier- und Dirigier-Partitur," explains the experimental layout of the score.
Browned; slightly worn; dampstained at upper margin and center of upper edge.
First Edition, first issue of the complete cycle. Rufer (E), pp. 40-41. GA B/3, pp. 189-90.
The second issue (1920) was printed on better quality paper and in a slightly larger format.
The Four Songs of op. 22 were Schoenberg's last composition before his seven-year hiatus as a composer, which ended only with his development of dodecaphony. They are set to texts by Ernest Dowson (1867-1900), in German translation by Stefan George (1868-1933) and Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926). The title does not specify a register for the vocal part, but a soprano is implied.
"Schoenberg's 'simplified score for study and conducting' is supposed to resemble, in its appearance, a piano reduction for two or four—if necessary, also for six or eight—hands... The simplified notation of an orchestral score, however, is not the result of a [similar] simplification of the orchestra... The fact that similar sonorities are written in completely different ways makes reading more difficult, and Schoenberg never reverted to this manner of notation." Agnes Grond © Arnold Schönberg Center.
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