The Cleveland Orchestra Plays Music by Three Viennese Twelve-Tone Composers

Thu 10/25 @ 7:30PM

Sat 10/27 @ 8PM

For its upcoming concerts, the Cleveland Orchestra provides a look at the particular group of interconnected composers at a particular place and time: Vienna in the early 20th century.

Alban Berg, Anton Webern and Arnold Schoenberg were all close contemporaries, born in the late 19th century and working in the first half of the 20th (Schoenberg, about a decade older, was a mentor and teacher to the other two). While grounded in the romanticism of the 19th century, they explored atonality and the twelve-tone technique, searching for new ways to approach sound.

The orchestra, conducted by Ingo Metzmacher, will perform a piece by each composer: Webern’s Passacaglia, Opus 1, Berg’s Violin Concerto and Schoenberg’s Pelleas and Melisande, an early work written when the composer was in his late 20s.

Joining the orchestra for the violin concerto is German musician Christian Tetzlaff, who, interestingly, played Schoenberg’s violin concerto with the Clveland Orchestra when he was just 22 (he’s now 52). Tickets are $21-$165.




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