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Schoenberg+Copland+Cage - Schoenberg Copland Cage Pierrot...

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Schoenberg, Copland, Cage… Pierrot Lunaire , “Moonfleck” - Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951) - Austrian composer, Vienna - largely self-taught as a composer - wrote books on music theory, painted in the expressionist style (associated with Kandinsky and Der Blaue Reiter) - Relationship of this piece to external (i.e. non-musical) concepts 1. Expressionism —artistic movement which sought to express the most extreme human feelings by divorcing art from everyday literalness - i.e. a distortion of reality to express inner truth, extremes of emotion (hysteria, nightmares, insanity) - this is a characteristic of modernism 2. Symbolism —artistic movement that emphasizes suggestion rather than precise reference - text is by a very minor Belgian symbolist poet Albert Giraud - this is a characteristic of modernism - Sprechstimme —“speech-song”; vocal style developed by Schoenberg, in between singing and speaking - sound that is not even fully organized into pitches 3. Relationship to Romanticism - Schoenberg’s relationship with the past (i.e. Brahms) - Schoenberg’s three style periods 1. late Romantic idiom, highly chromatic harmonies (ex. Verklarte Nacht —the six legged calf) 2. atonal—“ emancipation of dissonance - dissonance is now free from the “rule” that says it must always be followed by the appropriate consance
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This note was uploaded on 12/09/2011 for the course MUAR 211 taught by Professor Donnelly during the Fall '08 term at McGill.

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