Aus den Himmelsaugen op. 98 No. 1

Version for middle voice and orchestra

Instrumentiert in Meiningen, Dezember 1913

Performance medium
[Voice]; Orchestra [Flute 1, Flute 2, Oboe 1, Oboe 2, Clarinet 1, Clarinet 2, Bassoon 1, Bassoon 2, French horn 1, French horn 2, French horn 3, Timpani 1, Timpani 2, Strings]

Work collection
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Original work
  • Fünf Gesänge op. 98 for mittlere bzw. tiefe Singstimme und Klavier
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Reger-Werkausgabe Bd. II/6: Lieder mit Orchesterbegleitung, S. 96–103.
Herausgeber Christopher Grafschmidt, Claudia Seidl.
Unter Mitarbeit von Knud Breyer und Stefan König.
Verlag Carus-Verlag, Stuttgart; Verlagsnummer: CV 52.813.
Erscheinungsdatum September 2023.
Notensatz Carus-Verlag, Stuttgart.
Copyright 2023 by Carus-Verlag, Stuttgart and Max-Reger-Institut, Karlsruhe – CV 52.813.
Vervielfältigungen jeglicher Art sind gesetzlich verboten. / Any unauthorized reproduction is prohibited by law.
Alle Rechte vorbehalten. / All rights reserved.
ISMN 979-0-007-30199-6.
ISBN 978-3-89948-446-5.

Aus den Himmelsaugen

Text template
First edition

Template edition

Copy shown in RWA: DE, Bonn, Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek, Fa 1318/29.


Note: Das Gedicht ist in der Erstausgabe Teil von VII. Nachts in der Cajüte aus dem ersten Zyklus der Abteilung Die Nordsee (1825–1826).

1. Composition and Publication

On 1 January 1914, Reger left Bote & Bock and adopted N. Simrock as his new principal publisher. For the launch of his relationship with Simrock, he had announced the following to its managing director Richard Chrzescinski in a letter of 19 December 1913: “I will very soon be sending you a little manuscript.” (Letter) He was referring to his orchestration of the song Aus den Himmelsaugen op. 98 no. 1, which had been published by Simrock in 1906, and which he was now clearly busy arranging. He was also intending “to orchestrate a series of songs by Brahms that you have published; i.e. to arrange them very subtly and in a manner easily playable by a small orchestra, so that these songs can also be played, i.e. sung, with an orchestra.” (Ibid.)

When Reger sent his new arrangement to Simrock on 26 December 1913, he proceeded just as he had done with his two orchestrations for Bote & Bock (see above). He urged Simrock to set about publishing it immediately, and to make sure that they sent him the proofs punctually, for he also wanted to rehearse this song with the Meiningen Court Orchestra on 20 February 1914.1 At the same time, as before, he recommended printing the orchestral parts cheaply from the manuscript. Two days later, he also suggested saving space where possible by printing two-part violin passages on a single staff. (Letter of 28 December 1913) He also added that “printing the small score of Aus den Himmelsaugen in the same format as Brahms’s Haydn Variations” would leave enough space “to print the text in English too”.

Reger sent the corrected proofs back to Simrock on 28 January 1914, at the same time that he returned to Bote & Bock the proofs for the two orchestral songs they were publishing. He presumably also received the published score and parts from Simrock punctually.


Translation by Chris Walton.

See letter to Richard Chrzescinski of 26 December 1913. – Reger also mentioned donating the engraver’s copies here; he requested a fee of 100 marks.

1. Early reception

There is no documentary evidence of any contemporary performances.1


Translation by Chris Walton.

On 18 December 1914, Reger asked his publisher to send him “1 copy of the score of the song I have orchestrated, Aus den Himmelsaugen, as soon as possible” (postcard of 18 December 1914, presumably to Wilhelm Graf). However, in a letter to Anna Erler-Schnaudt of 19 December, who was due to give a concert in Munich on 1 February 1915 featuring songs by Brahms in Reger’s orchestrations as well as five songs by Reger himself (including Aus den Himmelsaugen), Reger made it clear from the outset that he would accompany the latter songs “at the piano (Max-Reger-Institut, Karlsruhe, shelfmark: Ep. Ms. 707). As it happens, none of the other four songs existed in orchestral versions. – Regarding a performance of Aus den Himmelsaugen from the year 1923, see Aeolsharfe and Das Dorf (Early reception).

1. Stemma

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2. Quellenbewertung

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3. Sources

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Object reference

Max Reger: Aus den Himmelsaugen op. 98 No. 1, in: Reger-Werkausgabe,, last check: 13th April 2024.


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