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MUS 122 - Second Viennese School

Stravinsky and the Second Viennese School

Michael Sundblad

on 15 March 2016

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Transcript of MUS 122 - Second Viennese School

The Modernists
The Second Viennese School
The second Viennese School
Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951)
Jewish, emigrates to US
mostly self-taught
Prof at UCLA, USC
American citizen, 1940
Style: 4 periods
1. Post-Romantic
2. Atonal-Expressionism
3. 12-tone
4. American
(12-tone with tonal implications)
Pierrot Lunaire
From middle Atonal period
Commedia dell'arte characters
Female reciter and 8 instruments
Alban Berg (1885-1935)
More expressive & lyrical
Two operas: "Wozzeck" and "Lulu"
Style more romantic, even in 12-tone
Marie, Wozzeck, son
Atonal expressionist,
(tonal & 12-tone)
Anton Webern
Most radical of the three
"Children will
understand and sing it"
Symphony op. 21
First of 3 to write a symphony
Influence from painting
Kafka, literature
Depths of the psyche
Freeing dissonance from need to resolve
Munch "Anxiety"
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