4 Letzte Lieder, TrV 296 (Strauss, Richard)

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Publisher. Info. London: Boosey & Hawkes, 1950. Plate B. & H. 16921, 16919, 16920, 16918.
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Misc. Notes Errata: Im Abendrot, bass clarinet, 5th bar of G, third beat should be written C not B

Im Abendrot, upper violas, 1st bar of D, downbeat should be E not E

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Publisher. Info. London: Boosey & Hawkes, 1950. Plate B. & H. 16920-21.
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14 more: Oboe 1, 2, English Horn • Clarinet 1, 2 (A, B♭), Bass Clarinet (A, B♭) • Bassoon 1, 2, 3/Contrabassoon • Horn 1, 2 (F), 3, 4 (D, E♭, F) • Trumpet 1, 2 (C, E♭, F), 3 (E♭) • Trombone 1, 2, 3, Tuba • Timpani • Celesta • Harp • Violins I • Violins II • Violas • Cellos • Basses

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Publisher. Info. London: Boosey & Hawkes, 1950. Plate B. & H. 20391.
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*Typical performance practice rearranges the confusing piccolo doublings by assigning the piccolo passages in the first and second parts at the end of Im Abendrot to the third and fourth players (the principal and second players never touch piccolos). The inaptly named "Piccolo 2" part is played by the fourth player, who only plays piccolo.

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Arranger Max Wolff (1885-1954), piano reduction
Publisher. Info. London: Boosey & Hawkes, 1950. Plate B. & H. 16,925.
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Work Title Vier letzte Lieder
Alternative. Title 4 Last Songs
Name Translations 最后四首歌; 最後四首歌; Quatro Últimas Canções; Štyri posledné piesne; Չորս վերջին երգեր; Cuatro últimas canciones; Four Last Songs; Quatre últimes cançons; 4つの最後の歌; چهار ترانه آخر
Name Aliases Quatre derniers Lieder; Cuatro ultimas canciones; Quatre darrers lieder; Beim Schlafengehen; Neljä viimeistä laulua
Authorities Wikipedia; BNF: 139197938
Composer Strauss, Richard
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. TrV 296
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IRS 48
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 4 songs:
  1. Frühling
  2. September
  3. Beim Schlafengehen
  4. Im Abendrot
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1947-49
First Publication. 1950
Librettist see below
1–3. Hermann Hesse (1877-1962)
4. Joseph von Eichendorff (1788-1857)
Language German
Dedication No.3 (?): Adolf Jöhr and his wife
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Early 20th century
Instrumentation Voice: soprano
Orchestra: piccolo, 3 flutes (3rd also 2nd piccolo), 2 oboes, English horn,
2 clarinets (B/A), bass clarinet (B), 2 bassoons, contrabassoon,
4 horns (F/E/D), 3 trumpets (C/E/F), 3 trombones, tuba
timpani, celesta, strings
External Links Wikipedia article
The Lied, Art Song, and Choral Texts Archive
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Strauss was at the home of banker Adolf Jöhr on 28 July 1948 while working on one of the Hesse songs in this set, according to Jöhr's account (Richard Strauss and His World, p.108 et seq) though Jöhr does not specify which one, and Strauss dedicated the manuscript of that song to Jöhr and his wife. The author of this essay (Timothy L. Jackson) makes a case that the song was Bei Schlafengehen (the third of the four songs.) (It wasn't Frühling, which was completed and copied out 18 July 1948, whereas Jöhr saw a work which was not in quite that stage - "a manuscript more scribbled than written". The sketch for September is dated 10 September 1948.) Frühling was begun and copied out initially according to Jackson as early as 1947, though only completed 18 July 1948. Strauss was not introduced to Hesse's poetry until 1947, according to Schuh, so the first three songs were not begun until 1947.