Between the Wars#
Joseph Matthias Hauer: The Black Spider#
Joseph Matthias Hauer (1883 Wiener
Neustadt/Lower Austria - 1959 Vienna, Illustration: Portrait of the
aging composer) organized his row differently than Schoenberg, as
analogous to the intervalic relationships of tonal music in 6 Tropes.
His German Singspiel (German opera with spoken dialogue)
Die schwarze Spinne (1932), which centers on destroying the dangerous
black spider, is based on only one twelve-tone row. Descriptive
orchestration and melodies that support speech clarity bring this work
closer to traditional listening habits with the desire for harmony.
Crass stage effects are unknown to Hauer; his system is based mainly on
philosophical considerations. (M. Saary)
© Sound: 1991 Classic Amadeo 431 080-2, Interpreten: Wiener Symphoniker, Michael Gielen (Leitung).