Two Pieces for cello

Full title Two Pieces for violoncello and piano op. 33
Date composed 1940
Details Love Song
Wild dance

 
Love Song, which is based on principal thematic material from the 1936 song for voice and piano Liebeslied (Love Song) was completed on 25 February 1940, Wild Dance on 5 April 1940.
Dedicated to Arturo Toscanini.
Performance duration: ca. 6 min.
Manuscript sources NYPL JOB 73-132, holograph score (14 pages). See also NYPL JPB 00-7 no. 66, photocopy of the five-page cello part; and LOCMA box-folder 75/5 (16 pages), sketches to both movements.
Publication details Arrow Music Press, 1943; now Boosey & Hawkes (who also make the work available in a version for Horn in F).
Availabiity Score and part available from KWF.
Recordings Othmar Müller and Leonore Aumaier (CD, Camerata CMCD-28245, Weigl, Müller–Hermann, Webern: Cello Music of the Fin de Siécle Vienna, 2011).

Maróth Bálint and Bárkányi Éva (2-CD set, KWF991001, 1999; available from KWF).

Kermit Moore and Richard Woitach (LP, Orion ORS 80389, 1980). CD also includes Weigl's Cello Sonata, the Viola Sonata, and Three Songs for male voice and piano.
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Two Pieces for cello: no. 2, Wild Dance
Maroth Balint and Bárkányi Éva

Two Pieces for cello: no. 1, Love Song
Maroth Balint and Bárkányi Éva

Performances (click icon to expand or collapse list)
23 February 1941 New Jersey, WHOM radio performance and broadcast: George Finckel, cello; Karl Weigl, piano. Also on program, Weigls Norwegian Dance for four-hand piano, with Karl and Vally Weigl; and Two Pieces for violin and piano (no. 1, Notturno), with Herbert Sorkin and Karl Weigl.
20 May 1944 New York, Studio Club, Concert for the Benefit of the MacDowell Colony: Margaret Aue, cello; Karl Weigl, piano. Also on the program: works for piano four-hands by Franz Schubert and Antonin Dvorak; readings by Laura Benet.
25 May 1944 New York, WNYC radio performance and broadcast, Compositions of Karl Weigl, with the composer at the piano: Stefan Auber, cello; Karl Weigl, piano.
7 April 1945 New York, Brooklyn Museum, Ask The Composer, Outstanding Contemporary Composers and Their Music—Karl Weigl: Two Pieces for cello and piano. op. 33, with Janos Scholz, cello, and Karl Weigl, piano. Also on the program: Pictures and Tales op. 2 for piano duet, with Karl Weigl and Vally Weigl, piano; Five Songs for soprano and piano op. 23, with Sally Cherry Pestcoe, soprano, and Karl Weigl, piano; Adagio from Violin Sonata No. 1 op. 16, “The Singing Bird’s Song Before Night,” with Boris Schwarz, violin, and Karl Weigl, piano; Five Songs for mezzo-soprano and piano, with Alice Howland, mezzo-soprano, and Karl Weigl, piano.
3 May 1945 New York: Youri Bilstin, cello; Karl Weigl, piano.
31 January 1951 New York, Mannes School: Luigi Silva, cello; Leopold Mannes, piano.
16 February 1971 New York: Kermit Moore, cello; Zita Carno, piano.
3 March 1973 New York, Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts, Mahler—Weigl Program: David Geber, cello; Thomas Muraco, piano. Also on program: Gustav Mahler, songs and Piano Quartet Movement in A Minor.
24 November 1981 Vienna: Ursula Schwermann, cello; Cl. Ch. Schuster, piano.
1 September 1987 Detroit, Michigan, Wayne State University, Community Arts Auditorium, The Karl Weigl Festival, concert 1: Three Songs for contralto and string quartet (Hilda Harris and New World String Quartet [Curtis Macomber, Vahn Armstrong, Robert Dan, Ross Harbaugh]), Viola Sonata (Paul Silverthorne and Doris Richards), Five Duets for soprano and tenor (Ernestine Nimmona, George Shirley, and Doris Richards), Two Pieces for cello and piano (Marcy Chanteaux and Doris Richards), and Five Songs for soprano and string quartet (Ernestine Nimmona and New World String Quartet).
8 September 1987 New York, Merkin Hall, The Karl Weigl Concerts, The Unbroken Tradition—Karl Weigl in Vienna and in Exile, concert I, All Weigl Program: Three Songs for contralto and string quartet (Hilda Harris and New World String Quartet [Curtis Macomber, Vahn Armstrong, Robert Dan, Ross Harbaugh]), Viola Sonata (Paul Silverthorne and Doris Richards), Five Songs for soprano and string quartet Lucy Shelton and New World String Quartet), Wild Dance from Two Pieces for cello and piano (Marcy Chanteaux and Doris Richards), and Five Duets for soprano and baritone (Lucy Shelton, George Shirley, and Alan Smith).
17 April 1988 London, South Bank, Purcell Room, Emigrés—A Mahler Link, A Weekend’s Celebration on the South Bank of the Music of Berthold Goldschmidt and Karl Weigl, concert 3: Cello Sonata and Two Pieces for cello and piano (Alexander Baillie and Shelagh Sutherland); Pictures from Childhood (Ingrid Culliford and Shelagh Sutherland). Also on program: Goldschmidt, Variations on a Palestine Shepherd’s Song and Clarinet Quartet.
2 October 1999 Budapest, Benczúr Ház, The Music of Karl Weigl Memorial Concerts, concert 1: Three Songs op. 12 nos. 2 and 3, Love Songs op. 22 nos. 3 and 4, and Love Song (Evelyn Chih-Yih Chan and Bárkányi Eva); Two Pieces for cello op. 33 (Maróth Balint and Bárkányi Eva); Five Duets for soprano and baritone (Evelyn Chih-Yih Cha, Michael Kutner and Bárkányi Eva); String Quartet No. 4 (Akadémia Quartet [Környei Zsófia, Bodó Antónia, Móré László, Maróth Bálint)].
10 August 2015 Zutphen, Netherlands, International Cello Festival Zutphen: Two Pieces for cello and piano, performed by Jeroen Reuling, cello, and Jelger Blanken, piano. Also on the program: Saint-Saëns, Cello Sonata No. 1; Mozart, Solfeggio; Kodaly, Cello Sonata op. 4. See http://www.cellofestivalzutphen.nl/.
20 March 2016 Los Angeles, Villa Aurora, in a program titled Sounds of Exile: Austrian Composers in the United States: Two Pieces for cello and piano no. 1 (Love Song) performed by Julia Ammerer-Simma and Sigrid Hagn. Also on the program: works by Vally Weigl, Arnold Schoenberg, Alexander Zemlinsky, Eric Zeisl, and Erich Wolfgang Korngold.