Schumann made an orchestral version of these songs between 27 October and 8 November 1841; they remain unpublished. One assumes that the piano versions pre-date the orchestrations, but this cannot be proved. ‘My first attempt at song composition with orchestra’ notes the composer in his Tagebuch. ‘Entflieh mit mir’ is scored for tenor, two flutes, oboes, horns in E, bassoons, strings and timpani. This version is two bars longer than the piano accompanied song. ‘Es fiel ein Reif’ is scored for soprano, two oboes, clarinets in A, horns in C, and strings. ‘Auf ihrem Grab’ is scored for soprano and tenor, two flutes, bassoon and strings, including two violas and cellos. In some reference works one finds the incorrect assertion that Tragödie was conceived as a piece for chorus and orchestra. The score makes clear that the composer had only solo voices in mind. The score of this version was long thought lost, but it re-emerged for auction at Sotheby’s in December 1991.
from notes by Graham Johnson © 2001
extrait des notes rédigées par Graham Johnson © 2010
Français: Marie-Stella Pâris
aus dem Begleittext von Graham Johnson © 2010
Deutsch: Henning Weber
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