Mieczyslaw Weinberg
8 Décembre 1919 à Varsovie (Pologne)
26 Février 1996 à Moscou (Russie)

 

 

Œuvres pour Orchestre
Œuvres Orchestrales
Opus     6: Symphonic Poem for orchestra (1941)
Fantasy on themes from Adolphe Adam's opera Le Chalet for orchestra (1945) (lost)
Opus   36: "Festive Pictures" for orchestra (1946-1947)
From Childhood (adaptation for orchestra from Children's Notebooks opp. 16, 19, 23 [1944-5])
Concert Overture for orchestra (1948) (lost)
Opus   44: Greetings Overture for orchestra (1949)
Opus   47 No. 1: Rhapsody on Moldavian Themes for orchestra (1949)
Opus   47 No. 2: "Polish Tunes" for orchestra (1949)
Opus   47 No. 4: Serenade for orchestra (1949)
Rhapsody on Slavonic Themes for orchestra (1950) (lost)
March for orchestra (1952) (lost)
Overture for orchestra (1953) (lost)
Opus   60: "Morning-Red" (Dawn), symphonic poem for orchestra (1957)
Opus   68: Symphonic Pictures for orchestra (1951) Revised 1991-92
Opus 143: "The Banners of Peace", symphonic poem (1986) 
Symphonies
Opus   10: Symphony No.   1 (1942)
Opus   30: Symphony No.   2 for string orchestra (1946)
Opus   45: Symphony No.   3 (1949) Revised in 1959 
Opus   61: Symphony No.   4 in A minor (1957) Revised in 1961 , 29´ 
Opus   76: Symphony No.   5 in F minor (1962)
Opus   79: Symphony No.   6 after L. Kvitko, S. Galkin and M. Lukonin for boys' chorus and orchestra (1962-1963)
Opus   81: Symphony No.   7 in C major for strings and harpsichord (1964) , 26´ 
Opus   83: Symphony No.   8 "Flowers of Poland" after J. Tuvim for tenor, mixed chorus and orchestra (1964)
Opus   93: Symphony No.   9 "Everlasting Times" after J. Tuvim and V. Bronievsky for narrator, chorus and orchestra (1940-1967)
Opus   98: Symphony No. 10 in A minor (1968)
Opus 101: Symphony No. 11 "Festive Symphony" after various revolutionary poets for chorus and orchestra (1969)
Opus 114: Symphony No. 12 (1975-1976)
Opus 115: Symphony No. 13 (1976)
Opus 117: Symphony No. 14 (1977)
Opus 119: Symphony No. 15 "I Believe in This Earth" after M. Dudin for soprano, baritone, women's chorus and orchestra (1977)
Opus 131: Symphony No. 16 (1981)
Opus 137: Symphony No. 17 "Memory" (1982-84)
Opus 138: Symphony No. 18 "War, there is no word more cruel" (1985)
Opus 142: Symphony No. 19 "The Bright May" (1985)
Opus 150: Symphony No. 20 (1988)
Opus 152: Symphony No. 21 "Kaddish"  for soprano (wordless) and orchestra (1991)
Dedicated to the memory of the Jews who perished in the Warsaw Ghetto, Vainberg donating the manuscript to the Yad VaShem memorial in Israel
Opus 154: Symphony No. 22 (unfinished) Piano part and partial orchestration (1994) (completed by Kirill Umansky, 2003)

Opus 145: Chamber Symphony No. 1 (1987) Orchestration of String Quartet No. 2 (1940) Opus   3
Opus 147: Chamber Symphony No. 2 (1987) Orchestration of String Quartet No. 3 (1944) Opus 14
Opus 151: Chamber Symphony No. 3 (1991) Orchestration of String Quartet No. 5 (1945) Opus 27
Opus 153: Chamber Symphony No. 4 (1992)

Opus 41: Sinfonietta No. 1 (1948)
Opus 74: Sinfonietta No. 2 for string orchestra and timpani (1960)

Suites
Suite for orchestra (not numbered) (1950) (lost)
Suite for orchestra (not numbered; unpublished) (1950)
Suite for orchestra (not numbered; unpublished) (1951) (lost)
Opus    26: Suite for chamber orchestra (1939-1945)
Suite from the film Tiger Tameress (1955)
Suite from the film Twelve Months (1959)
Opus 55A: Suite No. 1 from the ballet "The Golden Key" (1964)
Opus 55B: Suite No. 2 from the ballet "The Golden Key" (1964)  
Opus 55C: Suite No. 3 from the ballet "The Golden Key" (1964)  
Opus 55D: Suite No. 4 from the ballet "The Golden Key" (1964)  
 

 
 
Musique Concertante
Opus   42: Concertino for violin and string orchestra (1948)
Opus   43: Concerto for cello and orchestra in C minor (1948)
Opus   47 No. 3: "Rhapsody on Moldavian Themes" for violin and orchestra (1949-52) (Arrangement by Ewelina Nowicka)
Kujawiak and Oberek (Two Polish Folk Dances) for 2 xylophones and orchestra (1952)
Opus   52: Fantasy for cello and orchestra (1952-1953)
Opus   67: Concerto for violin and orchestra in G minor (1959) , 26´ 
Opus   75: Concerto for flute and string orchestra No. 1 (1961)
Opus   94: Concerto for trumpet and orchestra in B flat major (1966-1967)
Opus 104: Concerto for clarinet and string orchestra (1970)
Opus 148: Concerto for flute and orchestra No. 2 (1987)(Arrangement for flute and string orchestra as Opus 148bis)

 
 
Musique de Chambre
Solo Strings
Opus   82: Sonata No. 1 for violin solo (1964)
Opus   95: Sonata No. 2 for violin solo (1967)
Opus 126: Sonata No. 3 for violin solo (1979)

Opus   69: Sonata for two violins (1959)

Opus   72: Sonata No. 1 for cello solo (1960)
Opus   86: Sonata No. 2 for cello solo (1965)
Opus 106: Sonata No. 3 for cello solo (1971)
Opus 121: Sonata No. 2 for cello solo (1987, Revised version of Opus 86, with new 4th mvt.)
Opus 140: Sonata No. 4 for cello solo (1986)
Opus 100: Twenty-four Preludes for cello solo (1968)

Opus 107: Sonata No. 1 for viola solo (1971)
Opus 123: Sonata No. 2 for viola solo (1978)
Opus 135: Sonata No. 3 for viola solo (1982)
Opus 136: Sonata No. 4 for viola solo (1982)

Opus 108: Sonata for double-bass solo (1971)

Violin and Piano
Three Pieces for violin and piano (1934-35)
Opus   12: Sonata No. 1 for violin and piano (1943)
Opus   15: Sonata No. 2 for violin and piano (1944)
Opus   37: Sonata No. 3 for violin and piano (1947)
Opus   39: Sonata No. 4 for violin and piano (1947)
Two Songs Without Words for violin and piano (1947, lost)
Opus   42: Concertino for violin and string orchestra (1948) (Piano reduction)
Opus   46: Sonatina for violin and piano in D major (1949)
Opus   47 No. 3: "Rhapsody on Moldavian Themes" for violin and piano (1949-52)
Opus   53: Sonata No. 5 for violin and piano (1953)
Opus 136b: Sonata No. 6 for violin and piano (1982)
Cello and Piano
Opus   21: Sonata No. 1 for cello and piano in C Major (1945)
Opus   63: Sonata No. 2 for cello and piano in G minor (1958-1959)
Winds
Opus   28: Clarinet Sonata (1945)
Opus   29: Twelve Miniatures for flute and piano (1946)
Opus   29 bis: Twelve Miniatures for flute and string orchestra (1945 - 1983)
Suite for solo instruments (clarinet, violin, horn, trumpet) (1946) (lost)
Five pieces for flute and piano (1947)
Opus 133: Sonata for bassoon solo (1981)
Trios
Opus   24: Piano Trio (1945)
Opus   48: String Trio (1950)
Opus 127: Trio for flute, viola and harp (or piano) (1979)
Quartets and Quintets
Opus     2: String Quartet No.   1 (1937) Revised 1985 as opus 141
Opus     3: String Quartet No.   2 (1940) Revised 1986 as opus 145 (see also Chamber Symphony No. 1 opus 145 (1987))
Opus     9: Aria for string quartet (1942)
Opus   11: Capriccio for String Quartet (1943)
Opus   14: String Quartet No.   3 (1944) (see also Chamber Symphony No. 2 opus 147 (1987))
Opus   20: String Quartet No.   4 (1945)
Opus   27: String Quartet No.   5 (1945) (see also Chamber Symphony No. 3 opus 151 (1987))
Opus   35: String Quartet No.   6 (1946)
Improvisation for string quartet (1950) (lost)
Opus   59: String Quartet No.   7 (1957)
Opus   66: String Quartet No.   8 (1959)
Opus   80: String Quartet No.   9 (1963)
Opus   85: String Quartet No. 10 (1964)
Opus   89: String Quartet No. 11 (1965-1966)
Opus 103: String Quartet No. 12 (1969-1970)
Opus 118: String Quartet No. 13 (1977)
Opus 122: String Quartet No. 14 (1978)
Opus 124: String Quartet No. 15 (1979)
Opus 130: String Quartet No. 16 (1981)
Opus 141: String Quartet No.   1 (1985) Revision of opus 2
Opus 145: String Quartet No.   2 (1986) Revision of opus 3
Opus 146: String Quartet No. 17 (1987)

Opus   18: Piano Quintet (1944)


 
 
Musique pour  Piano
Two Mazurkas for piano (1933) 'Original Op.10 & Op.10a'
Opus   1: Lullaby for piano (1935)
Opus   5: Piano Sonata No. 1 (1940)
Opus   8: Piano Sonata No. 2 (1942)
Opus 16: Children's Notebook for piano No. 1 (1944)
Opus 19: Children's Notebook for piano No. 2 (1944)
Opus 23: Children's Notebook for piano No. 3 (1945)
Opus 31: Piano Sonata No. 3 (1946)
Opus 34: Twenty-One Easy Pieces for piano (1946)
Portraits of Friends for piano (Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Myaskovsky, Shebalin, Khachaturian) (1950) (lost)
Opus 49: Sonatina for piano (1951)
Opus 49b: Sonatina for piano (rev. 1978)
Opus 54: Partita for piano (1954)
Opus 56: Piano Sonata No. 4 in B minor (1955)
Opus 58: Piano Sonata No. 5 (1956)
Opus 73: Piano Sonata No. 6 (1960)
Can-Can in Honour of  Rastorguyev (“jeu d’esprit“ dedicated to Olga Reznitskaya, Weinberg’s second wife.) (1965)
Two fugues for Ludmila Berlinskaya for piano (1983)


 
 
Musique Vocale
Voix / Choeur avec Orchestre ou Choeur à Capella
Two Choruses (Alexander Zharov, Samuil Marshak) for male choir a capella (1948)
Opus   51: "In the Homeland", cantata after poems of Soviet children for boys-alto, boys chorus, mixed chorus and orchestra (1952)
Opus   87: "The Diary of Love", cantata after S. Vygodski for tenor, boys' chorus and chamber orchestra (1965)
Opus   91: "Piotr Plaksin", cantata after J. Tuvim for tenor, alto and nineteen instruments (1965)
Opus   92: "Hiroshima", cantata after Fukagava for mixed chorus and orchestra (1966)
Opus   96: "Requiem" after D. Kedrin, M. Dudin, F. Lorca, Fukagava and others for children's chorus, mixed chorus and orchestra (1965-1967) 
Opus   99: "Triptychon" after L. Staff for bass and orchestra (1968)
Opus 102: "On this day Lenin was born", "Nobody did have known ......", poem after D. Bedny for soprano, chorus and orchestra (1970)
Opus 149: "Peace to the nations", vocal symphonic poem for boy's choir and orchestra (1988)
Lieder avec piano ou petit ensemble
Opus     4: "Acacias", six romances after J. Tuvim for singer and piano (1940)
Opus     7: Three Romances after J. Rivina and A. Prokofiev (1941)
Opus   13: Children Jewish Songs (Yitschok Leyb Peretz) (1943) (also arrangement for voice and piano trio by Alexander Oratovski)
  1. Introduction
  2. Breytele (Bread Roll)
  3. Viglid (Cradle Song)
  4. Der jeger (The Hunter)
  5. Oyfn grinem bergele (On the Green Mountain)
  6. Der yesoymes brivele (The Orphan’s Letter)
  7. Coda

Opus   17: Jewish Songs (Samuel Halkin) (1944) (also arrangement for voice and piano trio by Alexander Oratovski)

  1. Tsu di royte kriger (To the Red Soldier)
  2. Di Muter (The Mother)
  3. Nayyor lid (New Year Song)
  4. Tsum libn (To Love)
  5. Tife griber, royte leym (Deep Graves, Red Earth)
  6. Tsum shlakhtman (To the warrior)

Opus   22: Three Romances after A. Mickiewich for singer and piano (1945)
Opus   25: Six Romances after F. Tutchev for singer and piano (1945)
Opus   32: Elegy (The singers of the past) after F. Schiller for baritone and piano (1946)
Opus   33: Six Sonettes after W. Shakespeare for bass and piano (1946)
Opus   38: Four Romances after M. Ryslky and G. Nikolayeva for singer and piano (1947)
Opus   50: "At the Source of the Past", songcycle after A. Blok for mezzo-soprano and piano (1951)
Opus   57: "Bible of the Gypsies", seven romances after J. Tuvim for mezzo-soprano and piano (1956)
Opus   62: "Memories" after J. Tuvim for middle-voice and piano (1957-1958)
Opus   65: "In the Armenian Mountains" after O. Tumanian for singer and piano (1958)
Opus   70: Seven romances after Sandor Petöfi, song cycle for tenor and piano (1960)
Opus   71: Seven Romances after various poets for singer and piano (1960)
Opus   77: "Old Letters" after J. Tuvim for soprano and piano (1962)
Opus   78: Three romances after V. Sosnora, J. Vinokurov and A. Yashin for singer and piano (1962)
Opus   84: "Oh, Grey Fog", romance after J. Tuvim for bass and piano (1964)
Opus   88: "The Profile", songcycle after S. Vydodski for bass and piano (1965)
Opus   90: "Words in Blood", songcycle after J. Tuvim for tenor and piano (1965)
Opus   99: "Triptychon" after L. Staff for bass and piano (1968)
Opus 110: Baiukaia rebenka, "When I sing this child asleep", songcycle after G. Mistral for soprano and piano (1973)
Opus 116: "From the Lyrics of Shukovsky", songcycle after V. Shukovsky for bass and piano (1976)
Opus 120: "Three Palmtrees" after M. Lermontov for soprano and string quartet (1977)
Opus 125: "From the Lyrics of Baratinsky", songcycle after J. Baratinsky for bass and piano (1979)
Opus 132: "Memorial", recitative to words by Elzbieta Szemplinska for bass and piano (1981)
Opus 134: Vokalnyi tsikl : iz liriki Feta, "From Afanasy Fet's Poetry", songs for bass and piano (1981)
Opus 139: Six Children's Songs for voice and piano (1947, revised 1984)


 
 
Musique de scène
Operettas

Claretta's Career, operetta (1942) (lost)
Comrades In Arms, operetta (1942) (lost)
Opus 129: The Golden dress, operetta (1980)

Operas

The Sword of Uzbekistan (with T. Dzhalilov, A. Klumov, and T. Sadykov) (1942)
Opus   97: "The Passenger"  (Пассажирка – Passazhirka), opera in two acts and epilog after Zofia Posmysz, Libretto: A.Medwedew und J.Lukin (1967-1968) 
Opus 105: "The Madonna and the Soldier" (Мадонна и солдат – Madonna I soldat), opera in three acts, libretto A. Medvedev after Vladimir Boomolov "Zosya" (1970-71)
Opus 109: "The Love of d'Artagnan", opera after A. Dumas, Libretto: J.Galperina (1971)
Opus 111: "I congratulate" (Mazl Tov), opera in one act after S. Alechem , Libretto: M.Wainberg (1975)
Opus 112: "Lady Magnesia", opera in one act after G.B. Shaw , Libretto: M.Wainberg (1975)
Opus 128: "The Portrait" (Портрет), opera in eight scenes after N. Gogol (1980), Libretto: A.Medwedew
Opus 144: "The Idiot" (Идиот), opera after F. Dostoyevsky , Libretto: A.Medwedew (1985)

Ballets
Battle for the Fatherland (1942) (lost)
Opus   40: Two Ballet Suites for orchestra (1947) (lost)
Opus   55: "The Golden Key", ballet in six scenes after A. Tolstoi, Libretto: A.Tschajamow, (1954-1955) revised 1962
Opus   XX (Burratino, Das goldene Schüssenchen - Die Abenteuer des Pinocchio)
Opus   64: "The White Chrysantheme", ballet in three acts after A. Rumnev and J. Romanovich (1958)
Opus 113: Six Ballet Scenes for orchestra (1973) from "The White Chrysantheme"

Theater

5 works (1950-1982)

Radio

6 works (1941-1953)
Songs (12) for the radio series "The adventures of Dimka" for voice and piano (1952-55)

Circus

8 works (1948-1954)

Films Music

Cartoons (25) (1949-1982)
Documentary (1) Poisonous snakes (1954)
Movies (38) (1958-1984)

Songs (2) from  the film "The Tiger Tameress" for voice and piano  (1954)
"The pioneer frinds",
song from  the film "Two friends" for voice and piano  (1954)
"I walk along the woodland path",
song from  the film "The unwilling chauffeur" for voice and piano (1958)
Songs (2) from  the film "The last inch" for voice and piano (1958)
Songs (2) from  the film, radio and cinema for voice and piano (1959)
"Every thing bwill be allright",
song from  the film "To cross the bridge is forbidden" for voice and piano (1960)
"What soldiers remember",
song from the film "The grey illness" for voice and piano (or bayan) (1965)
"What is a friend"
, song from the film "On thin ice" for voice and piano (1966)
"Winnie-The-Pooh",
song from the cartoon film for voice and piano (1969)
Songs (2) from the film  "An answer for everything" for voice and piano (1972)

Operas (représentations)

Congratulations!, Op. 111 (1975-1982)
Opera in one act after Sholem Aleichem’s play (Russian translation by M. Shambadag)
2(picc, alto fl).1(cor anglais).2(A clar, bass clar).1(db bn) 3.1.1.0  timp. perc  (side dr, cym). harp. piano. strings
© Sikorski, Hamburg
Duration: 75’

Belya, cook (mezzo soprano)
Poor Jewish book lender (tenor)
Fradl, maid (soprano)
Khaim, the neighbour’s valet (baritone)
Madame (soprano)
First performance: 13 September 1983, Moscow, Moscow Chamber Opera
Boris Pokrovsky (director)
A. Levin (conductor)

Lady Magnesia, Op. 112 (1975)
Opera in one act by after George Bernard Shaw’s farce “Passion, Poison and Petrification” (Russian translation by V. Stanevich, English adaptation by David Fanning)
1.0.2.alto sax.0 / 1.0.1.0 / drum set. 3 tom-t. guit/el.guit. bass guit. piano. harm. strings (1/1/1/1/1 or full set)
Children‘s choir, female choir and male choir on tape (CD)
© Sikorski, Hamburg
Duration: 50’

Lord George Fitztollemache (tenor)
Lady Magnesia, his wife (soprano)
Phyllis, Lady Magnesia‘s maid (mezzo soprano)
Adolphus Bastable, valet (baritone)

The Portrait, Op. 128  (1980)
Opera in three acts (eight tableaux) by Alexander Medvedev after Nikolai Gogol’s  like-named short story (in Russian)
2.2.2.2 / 3.2.1.0 / timp. perc (tgl, chime bells, whip, rattle, tamb, bass dr, cym, tam-t, bells, flex, bells, vibr). harp. cel. piano. strings
© Sikorski, Hamburg
First performance: 20 May 1983, Brno, State Janác`ek Theatre
G. Ansimow (director)
Vaclav Nosek

Chartkov, painter (tenor)
Nikita, his valet (baritone)
Journalist (baritone)
Lantern lighter (tenor)
Chartkov’s painting teacher (baritone)
Owner of an artist store / Dignitary (bass)
Landlord / Count (baritone)
District chief / General (bass)
Market woman / Lady-in-waiting (soprano)
First merchant / First waiter / Turk (tenor)
Second merchant / Second waiter / Cavalryman of the Guards (tenor)
Third merchant (bass)
Distinguished lady (mezzo soprano)
Lisa, her daughter (soprano)
Nobleman (tenor)
Girl [from the “Psyche” painting]
Old man [from Petromikhali’s portrait]
People at the market
Visitors at the vernissage (dancers and mute roles)

The Idiot, Op. 144 (1986-1989)
Opera in four acts (ten tableaux) by Alexander Medvedev after Fyodor Dostoevsky’s like-named novel (in Russian, German version by Brigitte Schrade)
3(picc).3(cor anglais).3(Eb clar, bass clar).3.(db bn) 4.3.3.1  timp. 3-4 perc  (tgl, tamb, side dr, bass dr, tam-t, bells, glsp, xyl, marimba). harp. cel strings piano (on stage)
Reduced version : 1(picc).2.1(Eb clar).1(db bn) 2.1.1.0 timp. 2-3 perc (tgl, tamb, bass dr, tam-t, bells, glsp, xyl, marimba). harp. cel. piano. strings
© Sikorski, Hamburg
First performance (of the reduced version): 1992, Moscow, Moscow Chamber Opera
Boris Pokrovsky (director)

Prince Leo Nikolaevich Myshkin (tenor)
Nastasya Filippovna (soprano)
Parfion Rogozhin (bass)
Lebedev (baritone)
Ivan Fyodorovich Epanchin, general (bass)
Elisaveta Prokofievna, his wife (contralto)
Aglaya, Alexandra and Adelaida, their daughters (mezzo soprano, soprano and mute role)
Ardalionich Ivolgin (Ganya), Epanchin’s secretary (tenor)
Varvara (Varya), his sister (soprano)
Ganya’s and Varya’s parents (mute roles)
Afanassy Ivanovich Totsky, formerly Nastasya’s lover (baritone)
Tochilnik (tenor)
Citizens of Rostov (3 tenors, 3 basses)

The Passenger / Die Passagierin (Пассажирка – Passazhirka)
Opera in two acts and epilog after Z. Posmysz, Libretto: A.Medwedew und J.Lukin (1967-1968)
July 31 2010, Festspielhaus Bregenz

Wiener Symphoniker
Chorus of the Prag Philharmonic
Musical director ...... Teodor Currentzis
Director ...... David Pountney
Martha, polish woman Prisoner in Auschwitz 19, on the ship 34 years old ...... Elena Kelessidi
Lisa, german woman in Auschwitz 22, on the ship 37 years old ...... Michelle Breedt
Walter, Lisa's husband, diplomat 50 ...... Roberto Saccà
Tadeusz engaged with Martha Prisoner, 25 years old ...... Artur Rucinski
Katja russian partisan Prisoner, 21 years old ...... Svetlana Doneva
Krzystina polish woman Prisoner, 28 years old ...... Angelica Voje
Vlasta czech woman Prisoner, 20 years old ...... Elzbieta Wróblewska
Hannah Jew Prisoner, 18 years old ...... Agnieszka Rehlis
Yvette french woman Prisoner, 15 years old ...... Talia Or
Old woman Prisoner ...... Helen Field
Bronka older prisoner, 50 years old ...... Liuba Sokolova
1st SS-officer ...... Tobias Hächler
2nd SS-officer ...... Wilfried Staber
3rd SS-officer ...... David Danholt
Steward ...... Richard Angas
Boss ...... Heide Capovilla