20th September 2023, Newly published
Songs with orchestral accompaniment

Volume II/6, published by Carus-Verlag, is now available.

The orchestral song enjoyed great popularity around the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. Composers such as Hans Pfitzner, Gustav Mahler, Alexander von Zemlinsky, Richard Strauss, Arnold Schönberg and Alban Berg wrote corresponding works. Reger also registered “a need for single-voice vocal works with orchestra” and contributed two original works to the repertoire during his time as conductor of the Meininger Hofkapelle: An die Hoffnung op. 124 and Hymnus der Liebe op. 136. He also used his experience as Kapellmeister – “Having now […] performed many chants (solo chants!) with orchestra, I know exactly how to orchestrate such things.” – to arrange a dozen of his most popular piano songs, now accompanied by a small orchestra: Mein Traum op. 31 no. 5, Flieder op. 35 no. 4, Glückes genug op. 37 no. 3, Wiegenlied op. 43 no. 5, Fromm op. 62 no. 11, Aeolsharfe op. 75 no. 11, Glück op. 76 no. 16, Des Kindes Gebet op. 76 no. 22, Mittag op. 76 no. 35, Mariä Wiegenlied op. 76 no. 52, Das Dorf op. 97 no. 1, and Aus den Himmelsaugen op. 98 no. 1.