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Settings From Pierrot Lunaire
For Soprano and Chamber Ensemble
By William Kraft

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Vocal 2 wood block, Cello, Clarinet (Bass Clarinet), Crotales (2 octaves), Flute (Piccolo, Glockenspiel, Graduated Idiophones (2 temple blocks, Percussion:, Vibraphone (with 2 bass bows in addition to regular mallets), Violin (Viola), alto Flute), soprano voice
For Soprano and Chamber Ensemble. Composed by William Kraft. This edition: Parts. Texts from Pierrot Lunaire by Albert Giraud, German by Otto Erich Hartleben; English by C.E. Cooper. First Performance September 27, 1991, Cambridge, MA The Boston Musica Viva, Richard Pittman, conductor Christine Schadeberg, soprano. Contemporary. Set of parts. With Standard notation. Composed 1987-1990. 60 pages. Duration 28 minutes. Theodore Presser Company #114-41797M. Published by Theodore Presser Company (PR.11441797M).

Item Number: PR.11441797M

9 x 12 inches. Texts from Pierrot Lunaire by Albert Giraud, German by Otto Erich Hartleben; English by C.E. Cooper.

As part of the Arnold Schoenberg Institute's celebration of the 75th anniversary of Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire, Kraft was asked to write for the same Pierrot ensemble, choosing text from the 29 unused poems of Albert Giraud's original cycle. Kraft set about writing movements based on Feerie, Mein Bruder, Harlequinade, and Selbstmord, with musical Interludes separating the movements, along with an extended Fantasmagoria preceding the concluding Selbstmord. In homage to Schoenberg, Kraft modified his own seven-tone environment to the master's 12-tone pallette, also using Schoenberg's speaking/singing style in the vocal line. Each of the first three movements was premiered at the Institute over successive years, 1988 through 1990. Selbstmord would premiere in Boston in 1991 by Musica Viva. Kraft also created an orchestration of the work over a five year period, 1990-1994. (Available on rental.).

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