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"Twelve Songs" by Zemlinsky arranged for Soprano Solo, SATB Chorus, and Piano or Chamber Orchestra

Updated: Jan 11, 2022

I wrote my 1993 doctoral dissertation based on this set of songs. Nearly all of Zemlinsky's music entered the Public Domain in 2012. In 2017–2018, I completed a newly edited piano/vocal score which includes my own English translations. I also orchestrated the songs and created versions of them for soprano solo and SATB chorus. Copyright issues related to several African American song texts—in German translation only—prevented me from making these songs available sooner. Those issues were ironed-out in 2022, so I am now pleased to make my editions and arrangements available for performance. Links to watermarked PDFs of the four scores appear at the bottom of the “Unpublished Works” page of my website.

Please contact me via to request performance materials.

Available Editions:

Piano/Vocal Score (soprano solo and piano; each song is also available separately)

Piano/Choral Score (soprano solo, SATB chorus, and piano; each song is also available separately)

Full Orchestral Score for vocal version

Full Orchestral Score for choral version

Instrumental Parts that work with both versions

Instrumentation - Chamber Orchestra:


Oboe/English Horn

Clarinet in B-flat/optional Soprano Saxophone in B-flat in songs 7–9


2 Horns in F

Trumpet in B-flat




(Glockenspiel, Suspended Cymbal, Wind Chimes, Bass Drum, Timpani, Tom-toms [4])

Keyboard (Celesta/Piano)




ca. 17:00

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