Wien... Leipzig: Universal=Edition [PN U.E. 7144], 1923.
Folio. Original publisher's printed wrappers. 1f. (title), [i] ("Vorwort" [preface] by Schoenberg), [i] (contents), [ii] (the 21 poems; with plate numbers "U.E. 5334. 5336." to first page), 5-67, [i] (blank) pp. Printed note to foot of title: "Copyright 1923 by Universal=Edition" and to lower left corner of first page of music: "Copyright 1922 by Universal-Edition."
Upper wrapper browned, detached, stained at inner margin and frayed with slight loss; lower lacking. Light dampstaining to lower inner corners of first and last leaves.
First Edition of the piano-vocal score, either first or second issue. Rufer (Engl.) pp. 38-40. Ringer p. 314. Tetsuo Satoh pp. 13-16. According to the website of the Arnold Schönberg Center, Vienna, there were two issues published in Schoenberg's lifetime: May 30, 1923, and April 24, 1924. The issue of the present copy cannot be determined because the lower wrapper, with its dated publisher's catalogue, is lacking, and no further distinguishing criteria have been established.
The two pages of text are taken from the full score (full size: U.E. 5334; study size: U.E. 5336) and bear corresponding plate numbers.
Albertine Zehme (1857-1946), an actress born in Vienna and later active in Berlin, is now exclusively remembered as the person who commissioned and first performed Pierrot Lunaire. "Read the preface, looked at the poems. I am enthusiastic. A brilliant idea, entirely in my spirit. I would do it even without a fee." Website of the Arnold Schönberg Center, Vienna (Schoenberg in his diary).
The poems are by the Belgian Albert Giraud (1860-1929) in the German translation by Erich Otto Hartleben (1864-1905).
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