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Ludwig Schnorr von Carolsfeld
Ludwig Schnorr
von Carolsfeld

 

Catalogue: Projected works

As an artist with a compulsion to create, Raff continually had ideas about potential compositions and, quite naturally, some of these never came to fruition. No doubt most of these passing fancies died without Raff making any record of them. However, some of these projects are recorded in his daughter's biography of him and elsewhere and are listed here, together with all that is known of them:

  Projected works  
Date
Notes
RP.1
Overture in C minor Orchestra 1849-50 Planned in December 1849. Abandoned in 1850 in favour of the E minor Symphony WoO.18.
RP.2
Overture Orchestra 1849-50 Planned in December 1849. Abandoned in 1850 in favour of the E minor Symphony WoO.18.
RP.3
Overture Orchestra 1849-50 Planned in December 1849. Abandoned in 1850 in favour of the E minor Symphony WoO.18.
RP.4
Quick Waltz, Polonaise & Saltarello Piano 1853 Planned second set of Three Dance Caprices to follow op.54.
RP.5
Opera: Agnete Opera 1865 Libretto provided by Ludwig Schnorr von Carolsfeld, based on a Danish fairy tale.
RP.6
Lachen Mass A Capella choir 1868-1869 A capella mass for Raff's baptismal church in Lachen, Switzerland. Kyrie & Gloria WoO.31 possibly part of this project.
RP.7
Symphony: Auf der Wartburg
Symphony: At the Wartburg
Orchestra Early 1870s Programmatic symphony about the Wartburg castle. Mentioned in a letter to a publisher but not in Helene Raff's biography. Probably evolved into the Thuringian Suite WoO.45.
RP.8
Oratorium: Das Wasser
Oratorio: The Water
Orchestra, choir & soloists 1877-1882 Some sketches made.
RP.9
Opera: Don Quixote Opera 1877-1882 Some sketches made.
RP.10
Opera: Sancho Barbado Opera 1877-1882 Some sketches made.
RP.11
Musikdrama: Die Vandalen
Music drama: The Vandals
Opera 1877-1882 Some sketches made.
RP.12

Opera

Opera 1877-1882 On an unknown biblical subject. Some sketches made. May have evolved into the oratorio World's End - Judgement - New World op.212 or the oratorio John the Baptist RP.15.
RP.13
Opera Opera 1877-1882 Set at the Wartburg castle in the Hohenstaufen era. Some sketches made.
RP.14
Opera Opera 1877-1882 Set in Frankfurt. Some sketches made.
RP.15

Oratorium: Johannes der Taufer
Oratorio: John the Baptist

Orchestra, choir & soloists 1882 Preparatory work begun: selection of texts from the bible and some musical sketches made. Work interrupted by Raff's death.
RP.16

Violin Sonata

Violin & piano 1882 The manuscript of the Duo for violin & piano WoO.55 suggests that it was written as the finale for a Sixth Violin Sonata, left uncompleted at Raff's death.

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