Wien, Leipzig: Universal-Edition A.G. [PN U.E. 6300], 1920.
Elephant folio. Modern full dark tan buckram, publisher's light green printed wrappers bound in. 1f. (recto title, verso list of performing forces), 3-189, [i] (blank) pp. With "Gestochen und gedruckt von F.M. Geidel, Leizpig" printed to verso of final leaf.
Wrappers slightly worn and soiled with two small tape repairs to outer margin of lower; small New York music seller's stamp to lower margin of title.
First Edition in this form. Scarce. In addition to the present issue of the work bound in light green printed wrappers, there were an additional 100 copies bound in brown gilt-lettered boards, each numbered and signed by the composer. Rufer pp. 78-79. Ringer p. 311. Hilmar Schönberg Gedenkausstellung catalogue 231.
First performed in Vienna on February 23, 1913, with Franz Schreker conducting the Vienna Philharmonic Choir and the Wiener Konzertvereinsorches
"In March 1900 Schoenberg began setting Jens Peter Jacobsen’s Gurre-Lieder as a song cycle for voice and piano, for entry in a competition... However, Schoenberg soon saw wider possibilities in the text... He therefore decided to connect the songs he had already composed (those in the first two parts of the finished work) with symphonic interludes and set the whole poem as a vast cantata employing several soloists and a huge chorus and orchestra. The work depicts the love of King Waldemar and Tove under the Tristanesque imminence of death, Waldemar’s blasphemous defiance of God after Tove’s death, the nightly ride at the head of a ghostly retinue to which the king’s restless spirit is subsequently condemned, and its dismissal by the summer wind at the approach of day. Schoenberg encompassed all this in a series of tableaux of extraordinary magnificence." O. W. Neighbour in Grove Music Online.
The Danish poet Jens Peter Jacobsen (1847-1885) wrote his Gurresange in 1871. The German translation is by Robert Franz Arnold (1872-1938).
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