[Vienna]: Im Selbstverlag des Komponisten [without PN], .
Folio. Original publisher's blue/green wrappers. [i] (title), [i] (list of instruments), 24, [ii] (blank) pp. Facsimile of the composer's autograph fair copy.
Printed dedication to head of title: "Arnold Schönberg, meinem Lehrer und Freunde in höchster Liebe" (to Arnold Schönberg, my teacher and friend, in deepest love).
Titling to upper wrapper identical with title. Opus number "4" reiterated in caption title to head of p. 1. "A. 698" printed to foot of first page of music.
Wrappers slightly worn and browned.
First Edition. Rare. Moldenhauer, pp. 706-7 (152-157). The work was re-numbered op. 6 in 1920.
"This work, composed 1909, applies the newly explored possibilities of atonal instrumental composition to the largest orchestra for which Webern ever wrote... But these immense masses of sound are hardly ever used as a whole... Like many of his early works, op. 6 was conceived in reaction to the death of Webern's mother (1906)... In 1928, Webern prepared a second version of the pieces, which... reduces the hypertrophic orchestra to standard size." Manfred Angerer, website of Universal-Edition.
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