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FOUR LAST SONGS (score & parts)

FOUR LAST SONGS (score & parts)

Composer:Strauss, Richard (1864-1949)
Instrumentation:sop. fl. ob. cl. bn. hn.
Publisher Ref:GM37
Written in 1948, just before Strauss died, all but one of the Four Last Songs deal with death but are full of calm and acceptance. The arrangement keeps many of the original woodwind and horn solos, and is an endurance challenge for the whole quintet!

Price: £24.95
Sub Title:Vier Letzte Lieder
Arranger:Gibbs, Michael
Skill Level:E
Publisher:Gibbs Music Publishing
Year of Issue:2020
Written in 1948, just before Richard Strauss died, the Four Last Songs were premiered in 1950 and are a collection of settings of poetry by Hermann Hesse and Joseph von Eichendorff. All but one of the movements deal with death but are full of calm and acceptance rather than angst or pain. Strauss quotes his 1889 work Death and Transfiguration in the final movement, as the soprano asks, “Is this perhaps death?” before the music fades away peacefully, the flutters of the flute and oboe depicting the soul ascending upwards. The arrangement keeps many of the original woodwind and horn solos, and is an endurance challenge for the whole quintet!

  • Fr''hling
  • September
  • Bein Schlafengehen
  • Im Abendrot

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