Symphony No.3, Op.27 (Szymanowski, Karol)

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Editor First edition
Publisher. Info. Vienna: Universal Edition, 1925. Plate U.E. 7653.
Misc. Notes Original images: 300dpi, color djvu files approx. 3960 by 6060 pixels. Editing: re-sampled to 600dpi, converted to black and white tif files, de-skewed, and set uniform margins. The original score measures 34.5 by 52cm.
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General Information

Work Title Symphony No.3
Alternative. Title The Song of the Night
Pieśń o nocy
Chant de la nuit
Composer Szymanowski, Karol
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. Op.27
Key C major
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 3 unnumbered movements
Moderato assai (attacca)
Vivace scherzando
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1914-16
First Performance. 1928-3-2, Lvov (this was the first complete performance ; an earlier performance in London, 1921-10-24, conducted by Albert Coates, was orchestra only)
Adam Sołtys, conducting
Choir and orchestra, with soprano Stanisława Korwin-Szymanowska
First Publication. 1925 – Vienna: Universal Edition
Copyright Information U.S. copyright status: copyright renewed 1953 (R113700)

In the USA, This item is not in the public domain because it was renewed 28 years after first publication with a proper notice or it was "restored" to copyright status via a Notice of Intent to Enforce (NIE) under the provisions of the GATT/TRIPS amendments. It will enter the US public domain on January 1st, 2021.

Librettist Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī (1207–1273)
Tadeusz Miciński (1873–1918), Polish translation
Language Polish
Dedication Anna Szymanowska née Taube (composer's mother)
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Early 20th century
Piece Style Early 20th century
Instrumentation Voices: tenor (or soprano) + mixed chorus (SATB)
Orchestra: piccolo, 3 flutes, 3 oboes, English horn, 4 clarinets (3 in B, 1 in E), bass clarinet (B), 3 bassoons, contra bassoon + 6 horns (F), 4 trumpets (C), 4 trombones (2 tenor, bass, contrabass), tuba + timpani, bass drum, cymbals, tam-tam, triangle, tambourine, small side drum, glockenspiel + 2 harps, piano, celesta, organ + strings
External Links Szymanowski site
Wikipedia article (articles by Anna Iwanicka-Nijakowska (2007) and Piotr Deptuch (2002))

Misc. Comments

The solo part in Op.27 is occasionally taken in performance - including at the first complete performance of the work (and some recordings, e.g. a 1987 recording sometimes available on various labels...) by soprano; this seems to have the composer's permission?

Symphonies by Szymanowski
  • Symphony No. 1 in F minor Op.15 (1906-07)
  • Symphony No. 2 in B-flat major Op.19 (1909-10)
  • Symphony No.3 for tenor, mixed choir and orchestra, Op.27 (Song of the Night) (1914-16)
  • Symphony No.4, Op.60 (Symphonie concertante) (1932)