World Première of Rediscovered Korngold Piece
New incidental music was required for a performance of William Shakespeare’s comedy Much Ado about Nothing in the Schönbrunn Schloßtheater in Vienna in 1920. Erich Wolfgang Korngold had already composed this music two years previously; he also conducted the première in May 1920. In January of the same year however, Korngold’s entertaining suite also received its first performance and its catchy melodies have guaranteed its popularity up to the present day. A third version arranged by the composer for string quartet surfaced recently at an auction: this version of the work had however never been performed. The Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde [Society of Music Lovers] in Vienna succeeded in purchasing this three-movement version which will now receive its much belated first performance almost a century after its creation.
Erich Wolfgang Korngold
from the music on Shakespeare's "Much Ado about Nothing", op. 11 for string quartet (1918-1919)
I Mädchen im Brautgemach - II Holzapfel und Schlehwein - III Mummenschanz
• 8 May 2012 · Vienna (A)
Musikverein, Gläserner Saal