Mainz: B. Schott's Söhne [PN 39487], .
Folio. Original publisher's textured paper wrappers. [i] (blank), [i] (English title), [i] (German title), [i] (English cast list), [i] (German cast list), [i] (English contents), [i] (German contents), [i] (English list of instruments), [i] (German list of instruments), [i] (English list of abbreviations), [i] (German list of abbreviations), [i] (blank), 300 (music), [i] (part title: "III. Akt / Act III"), [i] (notes in English by Gertrud Schoenberg on the unfinished act 3), [i] (notes in German by Gertrud Schoenberg on the unfinished act 3), [ii] (English libretto of act 3), [ii] (German libretto of act 3), [i] (blank) pp. Plate number to final page of music only. Printer's note to final page of music: "Stich u. Druck von B. Schott's Söhne in Mainz."
Small Berlin music seller's label to foot of German title. Former owner's signature, "F. Cohen 1957," in ink to upper right corner of title and upper right corner of upper wrapper.
Binding slightly worn and fragile; tear to spine; lower corners slightly bumped. Very slightly browned.
First Edition. Rufer (Eng.) p. 82. Ringer p. 317 (with a publication date of 1958, referring to the full score). Tetsuo Satoh pp. 37-38.
"From every point of view, whether musical, religious or philosophical, the opera is Schoenberg’s most comprehensive masterpiece. The ideas that gave rise to it occupied him for many years before its composition, and their dramatic expression called forth music of immense power and diversity... About 1922–3 he began planning two works in which conflicting aspects of spiritual revelation were to be symbolized by Moses and Aaron. In the first, the prose drama Der biblische Weg (1926–7), which deals with political aspirations in a modern setting, the downfall of the chief protagonist comes about through his attempt to combine the principles of both Moses and Aaron. The second, a cantata to be called Moses am brennenden Dornbusch, was expanded to a full-scale oratorio text entitled Moses und Aron (1927–8), and transformed into an opera libretto in 1930. The first two acts were composed between 1930 and 1932, but the third hung fire, and although to the end of his life Schoenberg frequently spoke of setting it, he never did so." O.W. Neighbour in Grove Music Online.
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