Between the Wars#
Anton Webern: Symphony op.21#
Anton Anton Webern (1883 Vienna - 1945 Mittersill/Salzburg) felt bound to
Schoenberg's twelve-tone technique but allowed himself the prohibited
tonal repetitions within the row and other deviations in interest of
expressiveness. His Symphonie op.21 (1928) hints at tradition,
but without a large orchestra, reduced in its dimensions to achieve
transparency of sound and the absolute connection to the symmetrical
form of the row. The listener cannot appreciate the composition merely
with his ears but rather through a higher principle that requires the
knowledge of the musical text and Webern's spiritual universe.
Later, Serialism often reverts to Webern's compositional methods. (M. Saary)
© Sound: 1995 Berlin Classics /Gesellschaft für Produktmarketing mbH LC 6203 0090202BC, Interpreten: Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester Leipzig/Herbert Kegel.