Inaugural 'Peabody Explores...' the Second Viennese
Second Viennese School composers
Schoenberg, Klemperer, Scherchen, Webern and Erwin Stein in
PHOTO COURTESY PEABODY LIBRARY
School's new annual initiative will focus on programming,
By Kirstin Lavin
The Peabody Institute this month will launch a new
initiative focusing artistic programming and academic
curriculum on one specific aspect of the musical
experience. In this inaugural year, Peabody Explores...
will examine the music of the Second Viennese School.
Programming includes concerts, musicology colloquia,
pre-concert lectures with distinguished scholars and
special exhibitions, as well as academic course work for
"Peabody Explores... is an attempt to examine specific
musical works and ideas from the many different viewpoints
represented in the Peabody community, from theory to
musicology to performance, and to foster a collaborative
spirit throughout the school," said Michael Kannen, the
Sidney Friedberg Chair in Chamber Music. "It is an endeavor
created, first and foremost, for the students of Peabody,
in the hope that it will illuminate and inspire, and also
that it will help to show how all of their various avenues
of study lead to the same place — to the education of
the whole musician."
In musical terms, the Second Viennese School refers to
Arnold Schoenberg and those who studied under him in
early-20th-century Vienna, principally Alban Berg and Anton
Webern. Their deeply expressive and passionate music took
the Romantic language of the 19th century and, with the
advent of atonalism and great formal innovation, thrust art
music into the 20th century. The Second Viennese School
opened the doors to experimentation with sound and
electronic media that is still going on today. While the
music of the Second Viennese School may seem modern to some
concertgoers, these vital works have in fact passed into
the mainstream of music history.
Among the works being presented are Schoenberg's Five
Pieces for Orchestra, op. 67, Jan. 29; Webern's Sechs
Stucke, op. 6, Feb. 11; Schoenberg's Chamber Symphony No.
2, op. 38, Feb. 22; Berg's Chamber Concerto for Violin,
Piano and 13 Wind Instruments (complete), preceded by a
lecture by Raymond Coffer on "Soap Opera and Genius in the
Second Viennese School," Feb. 26; Schoenberg's Pierrot
lunaire, preceded by a lecture by Richard Hoffman, pupil
and secretary-amanuensis of Schoenberg from 1947 to 1951,
March 29. On March 30, there will be a Musicology
Colloquium with Joseph Auner, professor of music history
and theory at SUNY Stonybrook, titled Schoenberg's Row
Tables: Temporality and the Idea.
Memorabilia collected by Phyllis Bryn-Julson, chair of
the Voice Department, over her four-decades-long career of
performing cutting-edge vocal music by 20th-century
composers, including Second Viennese works, will be on view
in the Arthur Friedheim Music Library from mid-March
For more information and for tickets to any of the
performances, go to
www.peabody.jhu.edu or call the Peabody Box Office at
410-659-8100, ext. 2.
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