|Full title||Comedy Overture for orchestra op. 32 / Komödien-Vorspiel für mittleres Orchester op. 32|
Composition completed 11 December 1933. Originally titled and published as Komödienouvertüre.
Orchestration: 2(2nd alt. Picc.), 2, 2, (B-flat & A), 2/4, 2, 0, 0/Timp. Perc./Str.
Performance duration: ca. 10 min.
|Manuscript sources||NYPL JOB 72-159, holograph full score (53 numbered pages), with composer's note at end: Wien, am 11./XII. 1933. See also NYPL JPB 99-7 no. 86, copyist's manuscript score (55 pages); NYPL JPB 99-7 no. 87, manuscript score of four-hand piano reduction by Peter Paul Fuchs (49 pages), with Fuchs's note on title page: Wien, 17. Juli 1934; NYPL JOG 99-5, published U.E. score; and LOCMA box-folder 62/2, composer's sketches (14 pages), dated 31 October 1933.|
|Publication details||Universal Edition, 1935: U.E. 10.263, full score (a misprint on some of printings gives the designation op. 31); and piano reduction, arr. Peter Paul Fuchs.|
|Availabiity||Full score, parts, and piano reduction available from UE/EAM and FCP; full score available from KWF.|
Performances (click icon to expand or collapse list)
|25 February 1935||Vienna, RAVAG radio performance and broadcast: unidentified orchestra, cond. Karl Auderieth.|
|15 November 1936||Vienna: Wiener Konzertorchester, cond. Hans Gál.|
|21 October 1946||Rochester, New York, Eastman School of Music, Seventieth American Composers Concert: Eastman-Rochester Symphony Orchestra, cond. Howard Hanson.|
|February 1951||Vienna, Weigl Gedenkfeier: Wiener Symphoniker, cond. Felix Prohaska. Also on program: Brahms, Symphony No. 2.|
|17 February 1971||Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, cond. Peter Paul Fuchs.|
|4 October 1981||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh State University, McCray Recital Hall: Southeast Kansas Symphony, cond. Carolann Martin. Also on program: works by Prokofieff; Brahms|
|2 December 1989||Chicago, University of Chicago, Mandel Hall, Viennese Crosscurrents, Karl Weigl, Neo- Romanticism, and the Modernist Movement, concert 3: Comedy Overture op. 32 and movement 2, Pro defunctis, from Symphony No. 2 (University of Chicago Symphony Orchestra, cond. Barbara Schubert; Two Religious Choruses (University of Chicago Chorus, cond. Michael Melton). Also on program: Reger, Trost; Mahler, Kindertotenlieder; Bruckner, Te Deum.|