Wien: Universal-Edition [PN Nr. 7731], 1926.
Octavo. Original publisher's dark gray wrappers with titling in gold to upper. 1f. (blank), 1f. (title), 1f. (part title), -65 pp., 1f. (contents), 1f. (blank). Printed on fine ivory laid paper.
Wrappers slightly worn. Small Presser handstamp to lower margin of free front endpaper.
First Edition of this compilation. Scarce. Rufer (E), pp. 153-54. Satoh p. 57, 15.
The texts of Totentanz der Prinzipien and the Requiem appear here for the first time. The libretto of Die Glückliche Hand was previously published in the periodical Der Merker 2, vol. 3 (April-June 1911), pp. 718-21, and as a separate print by Universal-Edition in 1917; Universal also published the libretto of Die Jakobsleiter in 1917.
Schoenberg wrote the four texts between 1910 (Die glückliche Hand) and 1923 (the Requiem). The preface states: "These are texts, that is: they will yield something complete only in connection with music." Only Die glückliche Hand, however, was ever completed as a musical work. The oratorio Die Jakobsleiter remained unfinished at the time of Schoenberg's death; the music to Totentanz der Prinzipien and the Requiem survives in fragments only.
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