[Op. 18]. Die glückliche Hand Drama mit Musik. [Libretto]. Arnold SCHOENBERG.

[Op. 18]. Die glückliche Hand Drama mit Musik. [Libretto]

Wien... Leipzig: Universal=Edition [Nr. 5672], [1917]. 12mo. Original publisher's stiff printed wrappers. [i] (half title, with cast list), [i] (blank), 3-[15] (text) pp.

Upper wrapper doubling as title; copyright notices in German, English, and Russian to verso.

Publisher's small circular handstamp to foot of title; printed note to foot of final page: "Druck von Breitkopf & Härtel in Leipzig."

Wrappers slightly worn, soiled and browned.

First separate edition, one of only 300 copies printed. The text was previously published in the periodical Der Merker 2, vol. 3 (April-June 1911), pp. 718-21. The date has been supplied by Universal-Edition.

"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 online

"Schönberg’s 'Drama with Music in one act' was first performed in the Vienna Volksoper on 14 October 1924... The sequence of scenes is held together principally by the abstract figure of the protagonist, representing the brilliant artist incapable of communicating with the world around him, who resembles 'Strindberg’s Einsamer' (the lonely one) (Theodor W. Adorno)... While he was composing 'Erwartung' and 'Die glückliche Hand' – Schönberg, as a vehicle for his concept of merging expression, was investigating the possibilities of the psychology of colours, and here he found similarities with the thoughts of Wassily Kandinsky. It is therefore hardly surprising that his 'Drama with Music' attempts to treat gestures, colours and light 'as sounds are treated, as playing with the appearances of colours and forms'." Matthias Schmidt, website of the Arnold Schönberg Center, Vienna. Item #24329

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