Saturday, June 5, 2010

program notes: the art of song

Alban Berg | Jugendlieder
Prior to beginning his studies with Arnold Schoenberg, Berg composed numerous works of juvenilia between the years 1901 and 1904 (when he began his studies with Schoenberg). The Jugendlieder betray the young composer’s allegiance to late romantic composers such as Hugo Wolf.

Arnold Schoenberg | Phantasy, op. 47 + Brettl Lieder
Where the Phantasy represents the Schoenberg we’ve all come to know and love (or hate, depending upon your tastes), the Brettl Lieder offers a glimpse into the composer’s formative years. Brettl Lieder—and its tonal, theatrical aesthetic—is contrasted sharply by the 1949 dodecaphonic Phantasty.

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