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Sheet Music: Score & Part(s)

Spleen : for voice or cello, and piano / Attila Jurth.

by Attila Jurth (1961)


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The Hungarian translation by Pál Justus (1906-1965) of Spleen by Paul Verlaine (1844-1896) from the collection of poems Romances sans paroles [Ballades without Words] published in 1874 was set to music by Attila Jurth for his sister Ildikó who had been a church choir singer for years. He later transcribed it to violoncello for his son Levente. The cello version was first published in the journal Australian String Teacher (vol. 11, no. 2, Spring 1989, p. 25-28)

Spleen can only be sung in the Hungarian language.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (6p. -- A4 (portrait)) and 1 part (2p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Medium

Duration: 2 mins

Dedication note: Dedicated to Ildikó Jurth
Commission info: Commissioned by Ildikó Jurth

First performance by Levente Jurth, Attila Jurth — 10 Jun 89. Auditorium of the Music Teachers' Association of Queensland, Brisbane

Part includes voice or cello option.

Score includes brief program note and full text of original poem (in French).

The composer cites the following influence on this work:

Related work: Verlaine's Spleen (in original French) from Ariettes oubliées (1886) for voice and piano L60 by Claude Debussy (1862-1918).

Typeset edition.

ISMN: 979-0-720128-32-0

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