Music and Migration: PostClassical Ensemble

The Reinvention of Arnold Schoenberg

August 15, 2019, 6:30 pm

Music Room

In conjunction with the Phillips’s exhibition The Warmth of Other Suns: Stories of Global Displacement, the DC-based PostClassical Ensemble presents two programs of music, readings, commentary, and visual art.

THE REINVENTION OF ARNOLD SCHOENBERG
In the years preceding World War I, Arnold Schoenberg, Wasilly Kandinsky, and Ferruccio Busoni craved liberation. The result was non-tonal music and non-representational painting. Later, Schoenberg fled to the US, as did Kurt Weill. As patriotic immigrants, both responded musically to Pearl Harbor.

Alexander Shtarkman, piano
William Sharp, baritone
Conducted by Angel Gil-Ordonez

ARNOLD SCHOENBERG (1874-1951)
Six Little Piano Pieces (1913) 
     Commentary/readings: Schoenberg, Kandinsky, Busoni

Piano Piece, Op. 11, No. 2 (1909)
Schoenberg/Busoni: Piano Piece, Op. 11, no. 2 (1909) 

FERRUCCIO BUSONI (1866-1924)
Sonatina Seconda (1912) for solo piano
     Commentary/readings: Schoenberg vs Weill in America; two musical responses to Pearl Harbor, both by Jewish refugees.

KURT WEILL (1900-1950)
Dirge for Two Veterans (1942) baritone and piano

ARNOLD SCHOENBERG
Ode to Napoleon (1942) for reader, piano, string quartet. Conducted by Angel Gil-Ordonez