Wien... Leipzig: Universal-Edition [PN U.E. 6060], 1917.
Oblong folio (ca. 262 x 330 mm). Unbound. 16ff. in total, with ff.1-4 (title, contents, composer's preface) and 5-16 (music). Printed in black ink on semi-transparent paper in reverse on one side of the leaf only, with printed reproduction of inscription ("Xmas, 1957") to lower right corner of first leaf and printed reproduction of manuscript numerical notation relating to instrumentation to lower margin of fourth leaf. Numbering in pencil to lower right corners.
The preface, "Die vereinfachte Studier- und Dirigier-Partitur," explains the experimental layout of the score, which is basically a short score.
First leaf slightly worn, with very small triangular tear and paper clipmark to blank upper margin, but in very good condition overall.
Pre-publication proof of the first edition of complete cycle, apparently unrecorded by the Arnold Schoenberg Center in Vienna. Rufer (Engl.) pp. 40-41. Ringer p. 314. Tetsuo Satoh pp. 15-16.
Set to texts by Ernest Dowson (1867-1900, in German translation by Stefan George, 1868-1933) and Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926). The title does not specify a register for the vocal part, but a soprano is implied. The second of the songs, "Alle, welche die suchen," was published previously in Zeit-Echo: Ein Kriegs-Tagebuch der Künstler, vol. 14 (Munich-Berlin: Graphik-Verlag, 1915), pp. 206–209.
"Schoenberg's 'simplified score for study and conducting' is supposed to resemble, in its appearance, a piano reduction for two or four—if necessary, also for six or eight—hands... The simplified notation of an orchestral score, however, is not the result of a [similar] simplification of the orchestra... The fact that similar sonorities are written in completely different ways makes reading more difficult, and Schoenberg never reverted to this manner of notation." Agnes Grond, website of Arnold Schönberg Center, Vienna.
Presumably used by Universal as an in-house proof of the first edition of the work published on November 7, 1917.
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