Six Songs for low female voice

Full title Six Songs for low female voice and piano / Sechs Gesänge für eine tiefe Frauenstimme und Klavier
Date composed 1921–1932
Details 1. Sappho an Apoll / Sappho to Apollo (Hilda Bergmann); vocal range: g–gb'
2. Liebesreime I / Love Rhymes I (Riccarda Huch); vocal range: g–f''
3. Ode an Selene / Ode to Selene (R. S. Hoffmann); vocal range: g–c'
4. Encore (Walter Calè); vocal range: c#–g#''
5. Liebesreime II / Love Rhymes II (Riccarda Huch); vocal range: bb–f''
6. Blaue Nacht / Blue Night (Gustav Falke); vocal range: a–f''; also available in a version for higher register, vocal range: c#'–g''

Composition of the cycle completed in May 1932.
Texts translated into English by Luise Hassler.
Manuscript sources NYPL JOB 73-119, holograph score, with title page reading: Sechs Gesänge für eine tiefe Frauenstimme und Klavier / Karl Weigl / Mai 1932. See also NYPL JPB 78-21, holograph fair copy (1 folded folio [unnumbered 2 pages]) of no. 6, Blaue Nacht, initialled and dated at end: KW. 11.–18./IX. 1921; and with Weigl's note along bottom: Meiner lieben Vally zum 11./IX. 1921.
Publication details Not published in composer's lifetime. Today publisher of record is ACA.
Availabiity Score available from ACA and KWF.
Recordings No. 6, Blaue Nacht: Betty Allen and David Arvey (LP: Orion ORS 81407, 1973).

Six Songs for contralto: no. 6, Blaue Nacht
Betty Allen and David Garvey

Performances (click icon to expand or collapse list)
1 April 1925 Vienna, Kleiner Konzerthaussaal, Kompositions-Abend Karl Weigl: Emilie Bittner, soprano; Karl Weigl, piano (no. 6).
3 November 1931 Vienna, Schubert Saal, Konzerthaus: unidentified singer; Anton Reichel, piano.
8 May 1941 New York, private musicale, home of Mrs. Emil Goldmark, 135 Central Park West, Compositions by Karl Weigl: Ruth Kisch-Arndt, contralto; Karl Weigl, piano (nos. 2, 3, and 6).
5 October 1999 Budapest, Benczúr Ház, The Music of Karl Weigl Memorial Concerts, concert 2: Seven Songs op. 1 (Michael Kutner and Bárkányi Eva); Five Songs op. 10 nos. 2 and 3 and Six Songs for mezzo-soprano no. 5 (Evelyn Chih-Yih Chan and Bárkányi Eva); Viola Sonata (Garth Knox and Stephan Ginsburgh); Five Songs for soprano and string quartet (Evelyn Chih-Yih Chan and Akadémia Quartet [Környei Zsófia, Bodó Antónia, Móré László, Maróth Bálint]).