Wien: Universal-Edition A.G. [PN U.E. 6136.], 1919. Folio. Original publisher's boards illustrated after a lithograph dated 1919 by Richard Teschner. [i] (title), [i] (copyright notice), [i] (printed dedication), [i] (cast list and instrumentation), 3-296 pp.
Signed in full by the noted German conductor Richard Kraus (1902-1978) at lower corner of title, dated 1926. Occasional annotations in pencil, most probably in Kraus's hand.
Printer's note to lower margin of final page ("Stich u. Druck der Waldheim=Eberle A.C.").
Boards slightly worn and bumped; spine slightly lacking at head and tail; upper joint partially split. Slightly worn; occasional light foxing to margins; one signature partially detached; some corners turned; several leaves with slight rust stains to inner margins from staples.
First Edition, later issue. Universal Edition, Nummernverzeichnis, p. 128. OCLC no. 1328417.
Two numbers from the same work, published separately:
- Himmelfahrtslegende aus der Oper „Der Schatzgräber“... Tenor un Klavier. [Piano-vocal score]. Wien: Universal-Edition A.G. [PN 7086.], . Folio. Original publisher's light green wrappers, with publisher's catalog (Nr. 25), dated May 1922 to lower. 1f. (title), 3-11, [i] (blank) pp. Margins slightly browned. First Edition, later issue. Scarce. Universal Edition, Nummernverzeichnis, p. 147. OCLC no. 638481998.
- Wiegenlied der Els aus der Oper „Der Schatzgräber“ für Gesang und Klavier... [Piano-vocal score]. Wien: Universal-Edition A.G. [PN 6133.], 1919. Folio. Original publisher's dark ivory wrappers with publisher's catalog (Nr. 25), dated February 1921 to lower. 1f. (title), 3-7, [i] (blank) pp. One signature detached. Browned, especially at margins; edges slightly worn, with small tear to lower portion of p. 3, not affecting music; several small rust stains from binding staples. First Edition, later issue. Universal Edition, Nummernverzeichnis, p. 128. C.f. OCLC no. 22484823.
Der Schatzgräber, to Schreker's own libretto, was first performed in Frankfurt on January 21, 1920.
"[Schreker] is a central figure in that remarkable flowering of opera in Austria that included the works of Zemlinsky, Berg and Korngold. Integrating his aesthetic plurality (a mixture of Romanticism, naturalism, symbolism, Impressionism, Expressionism and Neue Sachlichkeit), timbral experimentation, strategies of extended tonality and conception of total music theatre into the narrative of 20th-century music has contributed to a more differentiated understanding of central European modernism."
"In this middle period Schreker’s works have an undeniable element of Wagnerian harmony and dramaturgy. This is particularly true of Der Schatzgräber, his most popular opera, in which he achieved a balance of harmonic languages resembling that achieved by Strauss in Der Rosenkavalier." Christopher Hailey in Grove Music Online.
Kraus's "sense of theatre, broad musical sympathies and reliability made him an especially successful interpreter of Wagner and Strauss." Hans Christoph Worbs in Grove Music Online. Item #25924
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