Kindertotenlieder – Introduction

Listening Guide

The Work

5 Songs on Poems by Friedrich Rückert

Dates of composition: The first, third and fourth songs were written during the summer of 1901; the second and fifth were added in June, 1904. Pub. (C.F. Kahnt 1905).
Place of composition: Maiernigg
Type of composition: 5 Songs in versions with piano and orchestral accompaniment. A chamber orchestra version has been arranged by Arnold Schoenberg.

Orchestration: piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, English horn, 2 clarinets (in B-flat and A); 2 bassoons; contrabassoon; 4 horns; glockenspiel; tam-tam; timpani; celesta; harp; and strings.

Vienna Philharmonic, Bruno Walter, conductor, Kathleen Ferrier, contralto
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