Die glückliche Hand, Op.18 (Schoenberg, Arnold)

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Sheet Music


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Ghobbs108 (2009/3/19)

Engraver Vienna: Waldheim-Eberle.
Publisher. Info. Vienna: Universal Edition, 1917. Plate U.E. 5670, 13613.
Misc. Notes First page of score has a different plate #.
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PDF scanned by Harold B. Lee Library
Lucas-coelho (2021/3/12)

Publisher. Info. Wien: Universal Edition, n.d. Plate 5672.
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General Information

Work Title Die glückliche Hand
Alternative. Title The Fortunate Hand
Drama mit Musik
Name Translations Onnellinen käsi; La mano bendecida; 幸福な手
Name Aliases La Main heureuse
Authorities WorldCat; Wikipedia; VIAF: 177915681; LCCN: n97034392; GND: 300305885; BNF: 13958084z
Composer Schoenberg, Arnold
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. Op.18
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IAS 7
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 1 act in 4 scenes
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1910–13
First Performance. 1924-10-24 in Vienna (Schoenberg Center has 1924-10-14)
First Publication. 1911 (text)

1917 (music)

Librettist Composer
Language German
Average DurationAvg. Duration 16-23 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Early 20th century
Piece Style Early 20th century
Instrumentation Baritone + mixed chorus (SATB), piccolo, 3 flutes/piccolo, 3 oboes, English horn, soprano clarinet (D), 3 clarinets (B, A), bass clarinet, 3 bassoons, contrabassoon, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 4 trombones, bass tuba, timpani, cymbals, bass drum, snare drum, tamtam, high and low bells, triangle, xylophone, glockenspiel, metal tubes, tambourine, hammer, harp, celesta, strings.
External Links Arnold Schoenberg Center (contains a link to download the libretto and introduction)
Wikipedia article
Extra Information The cast consists of:
  • Ein Mann (baritone)
  • Ein Weib (mimed female role)
  • Ein Herr (mimed male role)
  • Chorus of 6 Frauen (3 sopranos, 3 altos) and 6 Männer (3 tenors, 3 bass)

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Additional instruments are called for behind stage: a piccolo, an E-flat clarinet, a trumpet, a horn, 3 trombones, a triangle and cymbals.