Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951)

Die Jakobsleiter (1917 -1922)

Oratorio for soloists, choir and orchestra [Fragment, 700 bars]
[L'echelle de Jacob]


stage work

  • General information
    • Composition date : 1917 - 1922
    • Duration : 45 mn
    • Publisher : Universal Edition, nº UE 17031 A
Detailed formation
  • soloists : 3 solo baritones (also 2 narrators), 3 solo tenors (also 2 narrators), 2 solo sopranos (also 1 female narrator)
  • mixed choir à 12 voix (2 soprano, 2 mezzo-soprano, 2 contralto, 2 tenor, 2 baritone, 2 bass voice)
  • 1 piccolo, 3 flutes (also 1 piccolo), 6 oboes [dont 3 hors orchestre] , 2 English horns [dont 1 hors orchestre] , 1 Eb clarinet, 3 clarinets, 1 bass clarinet, 3 bassoons, 1 contrabassoon, 3 soprano saxophones [hors orchestre] , 4 horns, 6 trumpets [dont 3 hors orchestre] , 3 trombones, 1 tuba, 1 percussionist, 2 harp [dont 1 hors orchestre] , 1 mandolin [hors orchestre] , 1 piano, 2 celestas [dont 1 hors orchestre] , 4 pump organs [hors orchestre] , strings, 6 violins [violons solos hors de l orchestre]

Premiere information

  • Date : 12 January 1958
    Location :

    Hamburg, Norddeutscher Rundfunk


    Performers :

    direction Hans Rosbaud (160 mesures) ;

    • 16 juin 1961, Vienne, Konzerthaus, Kölner Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester, direction : Rafael Kubelik) ;
    • Création scénique : 14 aout 1968, USA, Santa Fe, New Mexique.