Isle of the Dead

Full title Isle of the Dead, Fantasy for piano / Toteninsel, Phantasie für Klavier
Date composed 1903
Details Composition completed on 8 June 1903. According to Vally Weigl the work was inspired by the painting(s) of this name by Arnold Böcklin. As indicated on the holograph score, Weigl also had a passage from Nietzsche's Also Sprach Zarathustra in mind.
Performance duration: ca. 13 min.
Manuscript sources NYPL JOB 73-158, item 1, working holograph score (2 folded folios), with composer's note at end: Karl Weigl / Wien, 8./VI. 1903. At the head of page 1 Weigl slightly misquoted lines from Nietzsche's Das Grablied, from Also Sprach Zarathustra, part 2: Das ist die Gräberinsel, die schweigsame, / dorthin will ich einen immergrünen Kranz / des Lebens tragen. (F. Nietzsche). See also NYPL JOB 73-158, item 2, copyist's score (11 unnumbered pages), with a designation op. 13 crossed out in pencil.
Availabiity Photocopy of copyist's score available from KWF.
Recordings Joseph Banowetz (CD: Naxos, The Complete Piano Works of Karl Weigl, 2012).
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Isle of the Dead, Fantasy for piano / Toteninsel, Phantasie für Klavier
Joseph Banowetz