Universal Edition - Anton Webern

Anton Webern

Anton Webern

The Composer

1883 – Born on 3rd December in Vienna.

1888 – First piano lessons with his mother.

1890 – The Webern family move to Graz.

1894 – The Webern family move to Klagenfurt where Anton Webern attends the Gymnasium focusing on humanities.

1895 – Webern begins his first music lessons.

1899 – Webern writes his first compositions.

1902 – Graduation from Gymnasium in Klagenfurt, trip to Bayreuth, studies at the Vienna University.

1904 – Begins his studies with Arnold Schönberg.

1906 – Doctoral degree for his dissertation; death of his mother, composes the Piano Quintet.

1908 – completes his studies with Schönberg; substitute conductor at the theatre of Bad Ischl; world ...


About the Music

„It is obvious that Webern – who emerged very early on as the chief landmark in defining our own personalities – stands at the centre of these ‚explorations’. There are innumerable commentaries on Webern, but they are only useful inasmuch as they have isolated the lines of force active at the present time: the consideration of the series as a hierarchic distribution, the importance of the interval and of intervallic proportions, the role of chromaticism and of complementary sounds, and the assembling of structures from the different characteristics of the sound phenomenon.”

In the quote above, published in his Penser la Musique Aujourd’hui in 1963, Pierre Boulez reflects ...


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