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Seemingly untouched by the musical advances of his contemporaries caught up in the new music of the 2nd Viennese School, in his early works, Zeisl devotes himself to the Late-Romantic Tradition and composers such as Brahms, Dvorak and Mahler. The predominance of melody informs the Songs and Chamber Music composed during the period between the two World Wars, and the strongly “Viennese” quality of this music also reflects nearby Slavic (Czech) tendencies as well. The most noteworthy example of this style is the Piano Trio Suite in B Minor op. 8 (1920¬1924). In his Songs, Zeisl demonstrates a keen ability to convey dramatic sensations and lyrical expression with extreme brevity of form. Zeisl’s extraordinary prowess in the technique of formal instrumental movements reaches its highpoint in the works of his American years, which lean on Baroque models (Counterpoint and Form), such as the Sonata Barocca for Piano (1948/49) and the Sonatas for Violin, Viola, or Cello (1949¬51). A reference to Zeisl's host country can be found in the third movement of the Piano Sonata, loosely based on the American folk tune “Polly Wolly Doodle”. In exile, Zeisl gained a stronger sense of his Jewish past. Most exemplary in this regard, in addition to his Sonatas for string instruments, is the second movement of his String Quartet Nr. 2 in D minor (1953), which, in the words of the composer, reflects an “intimate conversation between God and Man”. It is left open to the listener whether or not this music also expresses wistful nostalgia for the irretrievably lost world of Vienna of the 1920s and 1930s. The Arrowhead Trio, named after the Southern California mountain lake where it was composed in 1956, is based on a Hebrew Song. By far the most moving testimony of Zeisl's exposition of his Jewish heritage is the Requiem ebraico (1944), which is dedicated to the memory of his father (and stepmother) and the “innumerable victims of the Jewish Tragedy in Europe”. Christian Heindl, transl. Barbara Zeisl Schoenberg

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Arrowhead Suite (Arrowhead Trio, Trio Suite) for Flute, Viola and Harp (1956)
duration: 14'
order number: 07 383
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Children Songs for Voice and Orchestra (1930/31)
duration: 12'
order number: Aufführungsmaterial auf Anfrage, Fassung für Stimme und Klavier (Version for Voice and Piano): 08 708
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Concerto for piano and orchestra C major (1951/52)
duration: 39'
order number: 01 673, Aufführungsmaterial leihweise
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Concerto grosso for Cello and Orchestra (1955/56)
duration: 27'
order number: Aufführungsmaterial auf Anfrage
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Klaviertrio-Suite (Suite for Piano Trio) B minor op. 8 (1920-24)
duration: 30'
order number: 37 211
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Mondbilder for baritone and chamber orchestra
after lyrics by Christian Morgenstern (1928/2004)

duration: 12'
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Mondbilder for baritone and orchestra (1928)
after lyrics by Christian Morgenstern

duration: 12'
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Mondbilder for baritone and piano
after lyrics by Christian Morgenstern (1928)

duration: 12'
order number: 08 711
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Pieces for Barbara
order number: 01 374
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Pieces for Barbara. 13 Piano pieces for children (1944)
duration: 25'
order number: 01 374
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Pierrot in der Flasche (Pierrot in the bottle). Suite from the ballet (1929)
duration: 28'
order number: Aufführungsmaterial leihweise
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Reqiem ebraico. The 92nd Psalm for Soprano, Alto, Baritone, mixed choir, orchestra and organ (1944/45)
duration: 20'
order number: 45 578
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Seven Songs for Soprano and Piano (1926-36)
duration: 12'
order number: 08 707
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Six Songs for medium Voice and Piano (appr. 1930)
duration: 11'
order number: 08 706
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Sonata barocca for Piano (1948/49)
duration: 24'
order number: 01 668
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Sonata for Cello and Piano (1951)
duration: 19'
order number: 03 825
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Sonata for Viola and Piano (A minor) (1950)
duration: 25'
order number: 03 593
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Sonata for Violin and Piano (Brandeis-Sonata) (1949/50)
duration: 27'
order number: 03 293
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String Quartet No. 2 D minor (1953)
duration: 27'
order number: 06 149 - Stimmen / Stp. 572 - Studienpartitur
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Ten Songs for Medium Voice and Piano (1928-1938)
duration: 20'
order number: 08 712
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