Six Bierbaum Songs

Full title Six Songs on poems by Otto Julius Bierbaum for voice and piano / Sechs Lieder von Otto Julius Bierbaum für eine hohe Singstimme
Date composed 1904–1905
Details 1. Zuversicht in Pan / Faith in Pan; vocal range: g#'–ab''
2. Der Vogel / The Bird; vocal range: b'–g#''
3. Das Wunder am Baume / The Wonder of the Tree; vocal range: g'–g#''
4. Die schwarze Laute / The Black Lute; vocal range: db'–a''
5. Letzte Bitte / Last Request; vocal range: db'–ab''
6. Maikaterlied / Tom Cat's Song in May); vocal range: g'–g''

Composed 1904–1905 (see song completion dates below).
Texts by Otto Julius Bierbaum; translated into English by Vally Weigl and Lydia Perera.
Manuscript sources NYPL JOB 73-105, working holograph score, with a completion date for several songs in the set—for Zuversicht in Pan: 9./IV; for Der Vogel and Das Wunder (originally intended as a separate work entitled Zwei Lieder): März 1904; for Die schwarze Laute: 19./VIII. 1905; for Letzte Bitte: 24./VIII. 1905; and for Maikaterlied (here titled Neukaterlied): 28./VIII. 1905. This holograph also includes an uncompleted setting of Paul Heyse's Der Tag wird kühl.
Publication details Not published in composer's lifetime. Today publisher of record is ACA.
Availabiity Score available from ACA and KWF.
Performances (click icon to expand or collapse list)
19 October 1974 New York, Donnell Library, Austrian Institute and Bruckner Society of America, Mahler—Weigl Program: Julia Lovett, soprano; Nancy Garniez, piano (Nos. 1, 3, and 6).