Date / Place I

16 February 2023 Gare du Nord, Basel

Date / Place II

17 February 2023 Gare du Nord, Basel




Pioneers of New Music: New Viennese School


Arnold Schönberg (1874–1951) “Herzgewächse” op. 20 (Maurice Maeterlinck) for high soprano, celesta, harmonium and harp (1911) – 4’ “Suite” op. 29 for clarinet in Eb, clarinet, bass clarinet, violin, viola, cello and piano (1925/1926) – 29’ Anton Webern (1883–1945) “Sechs Stücke” op. 6 for orchestra, (1909, version for chamber orchestra 1920) – 12’ “Zwei Lieder” op. 8 on poems by Rainer Maria Rilke for voice and instruments (1910) – 5’ “Sechs Lieder” op. 14 on poems by Georg Trakl for voice and instruments (1917/1921) – 6’ Alban Berg (1885–1935) “Lied der Lulu” and “Adagio” from the opera “Lulu” (Frank Wedekind), for soprano and orchestra (1927–1935), arranged for soprano and ensemble by Jürg Henneberger (2022) – 10’


Svea Schildknecht
Jürg Henneberger
Christoph Bösch
flute, piccolo, alto flute
Antje Thierbach
oboe, English horn
Toshiko Sakakibara
clarinet, bass clarinet, clarinet in Eb
Benjamin Pallagi
clarinet in Eb
Richard Haynes
bass clarinet
Aurélien Tschopp
Nenad Marković
Michael Büttler
Consuelo Giulianelli
Daniel Stalder
Manuel Bärtsch
piano, celesta
Ludovic Van Hellemont
harmonium, celesta
Friedemann Treiber
David Sontòn Caflisch
Petra Ackermann
Stéphanie Meyer
Aleksander Gabryś
double bass

Program description

With great passion and dedication, EPhB  regularly devotes itself to the New Viennese School,

The three pioneers of this style have had a decisive influence on European New Music. With his students Alban Berg and Anton Webern, Arnold Schoenberg created music that on the one hand is deeply rooted in Romanticism, and on the other – to quote Stefan George, whose poems were often and willingly set to music by the three composers – this music breathes “air from another planet”. The “dodecaphony” invented by Schoenberg – the twelve-tone technique – has influenced generations of composers and was the initial spark for further style-forming tendencies such as serial music.

In this program, songs for high soprano with ensemble are heard, framed by original instrumental pieces and arrangements of larger orchestral works, in keeping with the tradition of the “Verein für musikalische Privataufführungen” (Society for Private Musical Performances) founded by Schönberg in 1918 – which was dissolved again as early as 1921.