Berlin: Ed. Bote & G. Bock [PN B. & B. 19979-84], [August 27, 1930]. Large octavo. Original publisher's blue printed wrappers. [i] (title), [ii] (preliminary notes), 3 (texts in German), 4 (texts in English), 5-47 (music), [i] (blank) pp. With separate plate number to each of the six choruses and eparate copyright notice to the foot of the first page of each piece. Printer's note printed to lower right corner of last page of music: "Stich und Druck von C.G. Röder G.m.b.H., Leipzig."
Text underlay in German and English. German texts by Schönberg with English translations by D. Millar Craig and Adolph Weiss. Handstamp to upper wrapper: "Rezensions-Exemplar."
Bookplate of "WS" laid down to title with signature "Walter Schrenk" to right.
Wrappers split at spine. Some browning.
An 8-page program booklet for two concerts, "Chormusik der Gegenwart," Berlin, afternoon and evening of January 31, 1932, under the auspices of the Deutscher Arbeiter-Sängerbund. The first two items on the bill are by Schoenberg: "Drei Bearbeitungen für gemischten Chor" [Rufer [Eng.], p. 92], performed by the Lendvai-Quartett Leipzig and members of the youth choir of the Berlin Volkschor under the direction of Walter Hänel, and the Six Pieces for Male Chorus, op. 35, performed by the "13er-Quartett of the AGV [=Arbeiter-Gesangverein] Vorwärts" under the direction of Franz Schmitt, Frankfurt am Main. With manuscript annotations by Walter Schrenk in pencil to pp.  and , including humorous but homophobic comment on advertisement on p.  for recordings of the "Homocord" label: "Viel zu schwul" [much too gay]. Browned.
First Edition of the complete cycle. Rufer (Engl.) pp. 58-60. Ringer p. 317. Tetsuo Satoh pp. 25-26. Number 4 had been commissioned by the Deutscher Arbeiter-Sängerbund and was first published as no. 248 of the anthology: Männer-Chöre ohne Begleitung, gesammelt von Alfred Guttmann (Male choruses without accompaniment, collected by Alfred Guttmann), Deutscher Arbeiter-Sängerbund Berlin , publisher's no. 1350, pp. 687-90.
The musicians participating in the concert the program of which is included with the present item were those who had given the first performances: Walter Hänel and the Lendvai-Quartett Leipzig had premiered no. 4 in Berlin on November 2, 1929 and Franz Schmitt and the "13er Quartett des AGV Vorwärts" had premiered the remaining choruses in Hanau on October 24, 1931.
"And yet behind the absolute eternal values of this opus there seems to be something temporary as well: just as in the magnificent texts you reflect upon today's communal ideas [...] it also appears that you (you who have always shown the younger generation [the way]) for once wished to demonstrate something after the fact, and thereby wanted to show that such simple forms which are generally associated with cheap communal music can also lay claim to the highest standards of artistry and proficiency." Alban Berg to Schoenberg, February 1931.
Walter Schrenk (1893-1932) was the music critic of the Berlin daily Deutsche Allgemeine Zeitung. Item #24283
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