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Allerseelen (tr Heger)

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Richard Strauss

Richard Strauss (trans. Robert Heger)

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This work bears the designation Opus 10, No. 8

General Info

Year: 1885 / 1933
Duration: c. 7:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Vocal
Publisher: Universal Edition
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.


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Program Notes

Richard Strauss, the composer born in Munich, Germany June 11th, 1864 and died in 1949, was one of Germany's greatest composers. A great master of orchestration, he created tone poems in which the orchestra became one marvelous instrument, capable of expressing the whole gamut of human emotions. Among them Till Eulenspiegel, Death and Transfiguration, Don Quixote and The Hero's Life, beside his fabulous operas such as Der Rosenkavalier, Salome and others, are masterpieces.

His art songs also achieved fame and success, among which Allerseelen became a great favorite. Several times it has been transcribed for orchestra; however the present setting is the first for symphonic band. The melody surges throughout, much in the style of Wagner. This edition adds another classic tone-poem to the band repertoire.

- Program Note from score

Richard Strauss enjoyed early success as a conductor and composer and was influenced by the work of Wagner. Strauss developed the tone poem to an unrivalled level of expressiveness and achieved great success with his operas. While he did serve as musical director in the courts of Munich, Weimar and Berlin, Strauss’s relationship with the government in Germany was ambiguous, a fact that protected him but led to post-war difficulties and self-imposed exile in Switzerland. Allerseelen was written by Strauss as part of a collection of eight lieder in 1885 when he was just 21 years old.

Allerseelen, which is translated as “All Souls’ Day” in English, was initially performed by soprano voice and piano. Allerseelen exhibits powerful emotions and intense romanticism. The melody and rich accompaniment make it one of the most well known lieder of Strauss.

Allerseelen (“All Souls’ Day”) is set to text by Hermann von Gilm zu Rosenegg (1812-1864).

Place on the table the fragrant mignonettes,
Bring the last red asters inside,
and let us speak again of love,
As once in May.

Give me your hand, so that I may secretly press it;
And if someone sees, it’s all the same to me.
Just give me one of your sweet glances,
As once in May.

Every grave blooms and is fragrant tonight,
One day in the year are the dead free,
Come to my heart, so that I may have you again,
As once in May.

- Program Note from Broken Arrow High School Wind Ensemble concert program, 16 December 2015


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State Ratings

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  • Puget Sound Youth Wind Ensemble (Tacoma, Wash.) (John Falskow, conductor) – 25 March 2018

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Miles, Richard B., and Larry Blocher. (2010). Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 1. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 409-415.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 570.
  • Strauss, R.; Heger, R. (1933). Allerseelen : op. 10, no. 8 [score]. Universal Edition: Wien.