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Pioneers of New Music: New Viennese School

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.


Program

Arnold Schönberg (1874–1951) “Herzgewächse” (Maurice Maeterlinck) for high soprano, celesta, harmonium and harp op. 20 (1911) – 4’ Arnold Schönberg (1874–1951) “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’ Anton Webern (1883–1945) “Zwei Lieder op. 8” on poems by Rainer Maria Rilke for voice and instruments (1910) – 5’ Anton Webern (1883–1945) “Sechs Lieder op. 14” on poems by Georg Trakl for voice and instruments (1917/1921) – 6’ Alban Berg (1885–1835) “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
soprano
Jürg Henneberger
conductor
Christoph Bösch
flute, piccolo
Antje Thierbach
oboe, English horn
Toshiko Sakakibara
clarinet, bass clarinet
Benjamin Pallagi
clarinet in Eb
Richard Haynes
bass clarinet
Aurélien Tschopp
horn
Nenad Marković
trumpet
Michael Büttler
trombone
Consuelo Giulianelli
harp
Daniel Stalder
percussion
Manuel Bärtsch
piano, celesta
Ludovic Van Hellemont
harmonium, celesta
Friedemann Treiber
violin
David Sontòn Caflisch
violin
Petra Ackermann
viola
Stéphanie Meyer
cello
Aleksander Gabryś
double bass