Academy I - Around 1900
Der Wind, Pantomime for violin, viola, clarinet, horn and piano
String Quartet in D major
Humoresque for flute, obor, clarinet, horn and bassoon
Sextet for piano, clarinet, horn and string trio in C major
On 26 and 27 October the Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle will perform Arnold Schoenberg’s Gurre-Lieder on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Berlin Philharmonic Hall. To supplement this, the fellowship students of the Orchestra Academy will dedicate the first of a total of four concerts of their own this season to music from Vienna at the turn of the 19th and early 20th centuries. The programme includes compositions by three of the most influential representatives of that colourful musical era: Alexander Zemlinsky, Arnold Schoenberg and Franz Schreker. There is also a composition of Hungary Ernő Dohnány, long regarded as Brahms Epigone.
The biographies of Zemlinsky, Schoenberg and Schreker are inextricably linked. As one of the first to recognise Schoenberg’s talent, Zemlinsky championed performances of his compositions early on and taught him composition for some time; through Schoenberg’s marriage to Zemlinsky’s sister Mathilde in 1901 his mentor ultimately became the brother-in-law of the composer who in later years would influence music history in the twentieth century like no other by developing the twelve-tone technique.
Franz Schreker in turn was one of the most successful and most frequently performed opera composers of his time. Very engaged, he launched the works of his friends and colleagues. In this concert matinee the fellows of the Orchestra Academy trace the music of Zemlinsky, Schoenberg and Schreker with selected chamber music works – when they were still completely bound to the late romantic succession, their origins filled with unmistakable Viennese sensuousness.