Hilgers Arrangements HfMW jdbs Wiener Staatsoper

Klassik heute

The Suite for Chamber Orchestra begins
with a suitably nasty recitation of a Dada-
ist poem, with various political side-swipes,
to get sd in the mood. The sociocultural
context is thus really established right
at the beginning of the CD. Then follow
six contemporary dances (which would
no doubt have pleased Leonard Bernstein
greatly) - “Kunstjazz” or “Artjazz” – all
brilliantly formed, with allusions to pieces
such as Bolero (in Tr. 4), and incisively
drawn contemporary portraits (1921).

There is a different feel to the 4 Songs
op. 2, composed in 1913. These songs
remind one occasionally of early Wagner-
influenced Schönberg, but also owe much
to Schulhoff’s previous teacher, Max Reger.
The three pieces for String Orchestra- an
elegy in the style of Edward Grieg, a Me-
nuet and a graceful Allegrette called “Pipa
dances” – were composed in Leipzig 1909
but are nevertheless surprisingly self-con-
fident. All three are delicately instrumen-
ed and technically not over-difficult, and
would enrich the repertoire of youth string

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