The Moon Dream for Octet (Gallery VII) No. 25 - 31 from Paul Klee: Painted Songs
No. 25 "Strong Dream" (Starker Traum, 1929)
No. 26 "Ad Marginem" (1930)
No. 27 "Moonrise - Sunset" (Mondaufgang - Sonnenuntergang, 1919)
No. 28 "Eclipse of the Sun" (Sonnenfinsternis, 1919)
No. 29 "Full Moon" (Der Vollmond, 1919)
No. 30 "Moon Light" (Mondschein, 1919)
No. 31 "Fire at Full Moon" (Feuer bei Vollmond, 1933)
flute, oboe, clarinet, violin, violoncello, piano, percussion
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“Strong Dream” (Starker Traum, 1929)
A bold yellow crescent and red disc dominate a dark space above a sleeping figure. Beginning with the Pierrot Lunaire quote, the dream grows intensely.
“Ad Marginem” (Ad Marginem, 1930)
A central red disc radiates a faint glow. At the margins, plants and animals slink quietly alongside cryptic symbols. The percussion and piano dominate with intense, searing sonorities while the other instruments faintly mutter.
“Moonrise – Sunset” (Mondaufgang – Sonnenuntergang, 1919)
A yellow disc and a red half-disc imply the moon rising as the sun sets. The wind players (red) slowly faded out as the string players (yellow) slowly rise.
“Eclipse of the Sun” (Sonnenfinsternis, 1919)
At the center, a black disc eclipses a reddish-yellow corona amidst shattered lilac and brown fragments. Very faint sonorities are eclipsed by percussion and piano interjections, eventually succumbing to silence.
“Full Moon” (Der Vollmond, 1919)
One yellow disc and three small red discs populate a cubist landscape. The strings emit a warm glow, while wind solos drift aimlessly through the transformed landscape while quoting two Schubert lieder settings of "An den Mond."
“Moonshine” (Mondschein, 1919)
A landscape of light purple-blue is overseen by a large yellow disc. The strings intone gentle variations of the tone rows with percussion and piano support.
“Fire at Full Moon” (Feuer bei Vollmond, 1933)
The red disc has been transformed into a burning red cross, with the circular yellow disc standing out in contrast. The tone rows, played by winds and percussion, flare wildly as the strings and piano reference the opening Pierrot gesture. The dream ends as abruptly as it began.