Some of the not quite so well known musical figures of the two artistic movements.
Alexander von Zemlinsky doubled as a fine composer and Schönberg’s father-in-law. Here he sets the poetry of Rabindranath Tagore for solo singers and large orchestra – his Lyric Symphony:
1. Ich bin friedlos, ich bin durstig nach fernen Dingen – 0:00
2. O Mutter, der junge Prinz – 9:47
3. Du bist die Abendwolke – 16:16
4. Sprich zu mir, Geliebter – 22:02
5. Befrei mich von den Banden deiner Süße, Lieb – 29:11
6. Vollende denn das letzte Lied – 31:15
7. Friede, mein Herz – 35:35
Text and translation
(you can view parallel German & English for each individual poem by clicking on ‘view original text’ at the bottom of each poem).
André Caplet also led a double life; like Zemlinsky has was a fine composer but also doubled as Debussy’s friend and sometime amanuensis:
Oraison dominicale (Lord’s Prayer)
Salutations angélique (Ave Maria)
Symbole des apôtres (Creed)
From its floaty opening scored for flute, harp, celesta, harmonium and piano, Franz Schreker’s Chamber Symphony is a treasure trove of musical sound. It’s in one movement but contains within it the usual symphonic configuration of slow introduction, Allegro, Adagio, Scherzo and Finale:
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