Today, we’ll visit string quartets from both the Romantic and Modernist eras. The purpose is to give continuity to the line started in the first few articles. We visited Beethoven and Shostakovich, then Mozart and Bartók, and for the last time we visited the respected teachers Haydn and Schoenberg. This time we visit one of the the Romantic heirs to the Beethovenian tradition, the writer of music with a very private character, Schubert, and the genius serialist composer Webern, one of the most (if not the most) outstanding students of Schoenberg.
Franz Schubert: String Quartet no. 14, Der Tod und das Mädchen
This quartet is dubbed after an earlier lied of the same name, whose main theme Schubert used as the theme for the the second movement of this string quartet.
Anton Webern: 5 Sätze für Streichquartett op.5 (5 movements for string quartet)
It is a common misconception that serialism is a more mechanical method of composition, because it s a method. While some (including myself) believe it is an unnatural (contrary to the Common Practice Period notions) method contradicting the physics of frequencies, it is, apart from that fact, as much of a valid and constrictive method as any other. No more, no less. It just follows a different set of rules. And because it is counter-intuitive for people unaccustomed to it, compositions with this method may well prove to be even more demanding by virtue of this lack of familiarity the general public has with it – it has harder to make something that makes any sense for the human ear. In my humble opinion, the dependency on an ethereal pulse becomes paramount in this type of music.
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If that’s all you have to say about Schubert’s Death and the Maiden then you have shit for taste
This website is in bad hands
Tata and RIP
Don’t bother responding because I’m never reading this blog again
So, what I have to say about it is more important than the music itself?
I am sharing this with you and giving some background, that’s all. I am sorry you cannot listen to the music and appreciate it on your own.
I cannot fix that.
While not being a fan of serialism/dodecaphony, I reckon that hearing Bernstein on Schoenberg’s music might help everyone who doubts the musicality of this technique(s) to appreciate and understand it more.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8n6p7_0g7k0 from 9:25
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LuAlmLn2Q8 (all video)
>This quartet is dubbed after an earlier lieder of the same name
“lieder” is plural, so it should be either “lied” or the indicator of singular needs to be dropped.
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