Wien... Leipzig: Universal-Edition [PN U.E. 6060], November 7, 1917.
Oblong folio. Original publisher's green printed wrappers. [i] (title), [ii] (table of contents: the four songs with credits for their texts and specification of performing forces), [iii]-[iv] (preface by Schoenberg), 5-16 pp. Printed footnote to first page of each song (pp. 5, 10, 12, left corner; p. 15, right corner) and with "Stich und Druck von F.M. Geidel, Leipzig" to right of p. 5. Titling to upper wrapper identical to title.
The 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. Rare. Rufer (Engl.) pp. 40-41. Ringer p. 314. Tetsuo Satoh pp. 15-16. According to the website of the Arnold Schönberg Center, Vienna, the second issue (1920) is printed on paper of better quality and slightly larger format (259 x 337 mm vs. 264 x 337 mm).
The second of the songs, "Alle, welche die suchen," was published previously in the avant-garde periodical Zeit-Echo: Ein Kriegs-Tagebuch der Künstler, Vol. 14 (Munich-Berlin: Graphik-Verlag, 1915), pp. 206–209.
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, website of the Arnold Schönberg Center, Vienna.
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