Pictures and Tales Suite

Full title Pictures and Tales Suite for small orchestra / Bilder und Geschichten Suite für kleines Orchester
Date composed 1922
Details Composer's orchestration in July 1922 of piano pieces of the same name (see Pictures and Tales for piano op. 2, composed 1909), originally intended for inclusion in the Pied Piper Suite.
Orchestration: 2(2nd alt. Picc.),2,2,2/2,2,0,0/Timp., Trgl./Hp./Str.
Performance duration: ca. 15 min.
Manuscript sources NYPL JOB 73-159, holograph score (30 numbered pages), with title page: Bilder und Geschichten / Suite für kleines Orchester / op. 2 / Instrumentiert Juli 1922 / Karl Weigl; verso of title page gives the scoring; last movement dated at end: 15./ VII KW. See also NYPL JPG 99-2, bound manuscript [holograph?] score (41 pages); and NYPL JPB 99-7 no. 80, photocopy of a holograph score (6 folded folios) with a title page on which the original title, Pied Piper Suite, is pasted over and corrected to read: No. 1 in Pictures and Tales / 2nd version of chamber orchestra score / Karl Weigl; and below that a pencilled note, in Vally Weigl's hand: Eliminated from Pied Piper Suite because it is contained in No. 1 in U.E.’s “Pictures and Tales” (Once Upon a Time).
Publication details Universal Edition, [1932].
Availabiity Full score and parts available from FCP.
Performances (click icon to expand or collapse list)
27 March 1924*** Vienna: Wiener Philharmonisches Kammerorchester, cond. Rudolf Nilius.
April 1926 Vienna: Philharmonisches Kammer-Orchester, cond. Rudolf Nilius.
July 1928 Vienna, Burggarten: unidentified orchestra, cond. Martin Spörr.
10 March 1938 Vienna, Großer Ehrbarsaal: Wiener Konzertorchester, cond. Rudolf Fellner. Also on program: Haydn, Symphony No. 88 in G Major; Beethoven, Piano Concerto in E-flat Major; Erich Zeisl, Scherzo and Fugue für Streichorchester; Gustav Mahler, 4 songs.
27 April 1939 Germantown, Pennsylvania, Spring Concert: Germantown Symphony Orchestra, cond. Lindsay Norden. Also on program: works by Karl Goldmark: Henry Hadley; Beethoven; Bizet; Mozart; Weber.