Berlin: Verlag Dreililien (Richard Birnbach) [PN 345], [1950s]. Folio. Original publisher's green printed wrappers with titling within decorative border. Caption title: "Verklärte Nacht. Gedicht von Richard Dehmel. Für sechs Streichinstrumente."
Violin I: [1f.] (title), 8, [ii] (blank) pp.; Violin II: 11, [i] (blank) pp.; Viola I: 11, [i] (blank) pp.; Viola II: 10 pp.; Violoncello I: 10 pp.; Violoncello II: 6 pp.
Handstamp to foot of title: "Jetzt: Verlag Richard Birnbach Berlin-Lichterfelde-West;" printed note to lower right corner of final page of Violin I part only: "Fotodruck Arno Brynda, Berlin-Schöneberg."
Slightly browned. Wrappers frayed at spine; caption title of Violin II part with typographical error "Fur" [!für].
First Edition, later issue. Rufer (Engl.) p. 24. Ringer p. 310. Tetsuo Satoh pp. 1-2. The printer's note to the first violin part identifies the copy as a post-war issue.
Schoenberg wrote Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night) in late 1899, in just three weeks. It became his most popular work, and he later composed two versions for string orchestra. The poem is by Richard Dehmel (1863-1920), who published it in his collection Weib und Welt (1896).
“Yesterday evening I heard your ‘Transfigured Night’, and I should consider it a sin of omission if I failed to say a word of thanks to you for your wonderful sextet. I had intended to follow the motives of my text in your composition; but I soon forgot to do so, I was so enthralled by the music.” Richard Dehmel to Arnold Schönberg, December 12, 1912. Item #24945
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