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Music and Migration: The Reinvention of Arnold Schoenberg

Thu, August 15, 2019 – 6:30 pm

Music and Migration: The Reinvention of Arnold Schoenberg

In conjunction with the Phillips’s exhibition The Warmth of Other Suns: Stories of Global Displacement, PostClassical Ensemble presents two programs of music, readings, commentary, and visual art.

In the years preceding World War I, Arnold Schoenberg, Wasilly Kandinsky, and Ferruccio Busoni craved liberation. The result was non-tonal music and non-representational painting. Later, Schoenberg fled to the U.S., as did Kurt Weill. As patriotic immigrants, both responded musically to Pearl Harbor.

Program

Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951)

Ferruccio Busoni (1866-1924)

Sonatina Seconda (1912) for solo piano. Commentary / readings: Schoenberg vs Weill in America; two musical responses to Pearl Harbor, both by Jewish refugees.

Kurt Weill (1900-1950)

Dirge for Two Veterans (1942), baritone and piano.

Arnold Schoenberg

Ode to Napoleon (1942) for reader, piano, string quartet. Conducted by Angel Gil-Ordóñez.

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