Wien... Leipzig: Universal-Edition [U.E. 5331], . Folio. Original publisher's green printed wrappers. [i] (title), 2-5, [i] (blank) pp. Caption title in art nouveau style: "Lied Toves Nun sag ich dir zum ersten Mal aus den Gurreliedern." Printed note to lower right corner of last page of music: "Weag" [Waldheim-Eberle A.G.].
Titling to upper wrapper: " 'Nun sag ich Dir zum ersten Mal' aus 'Gurrelieder' Gesang und Klavier [vignette in art nouveau style] Universal-Edition No. 5331." Publisher's catalogue "Arnold Schönberg's Werke in der Universal-Edition" to verso of lower wrapper dated "V [May] 1921."
Browned and somewhat brittle.
First Edition, later issue of this separate number. Rufer (Engl.) pp. 78-79. Ringer p. 311. Tetsuo Satoh pp. 37-38. The bibliographical reference works do not record the four separate numbers of this series, only Berg's piano-vocal score as a whole (published 1913; U.E. 3696).
First performed in Vienna on February 23, 1913, with Franz Schreker conducting the Vienna Philharmonic Choir and the Wiener Konzartvereinsorchester.
"In fall 1913, Universal Edition planned to extract individual songs from the piano-vocal score of Gurrelieder, which had been issued in January, and to publish them separately... From Schoenberg's proposed selections, Emil Hertzka [director of Universal Edition] chose four pieces (I/5: So tanzen die Engel, 1/6: Nun sag' ich dir zum ersten Mal, I/9: Du wunderliche Tove, and I/10: Lied der Waldtaube) and entrusted, upon Schoenberg's suggestion, Alban Berg with the composition of conclusions [that would allow for separate performance]. As acting out these orders confronted Berg with the insurmountable task of concluding the songs, which segue into each other, artificially with cadences, in the end it fell to Schoenberg himself to add the concluding measures to those songs that had an open end (I/5, I/6, I/9)." Website of Arnold Schönberg Center, Vienna. Item #24290
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