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Anton Webern: 6 Bagatellen

  • for string quartet
  • Duration: 3’30”
  • Instrumentation details:
    1st violin
    2nd violin
  • Composer: Anton Webern

Work introduction

“Consider,” wrote Arnold Schönberg in the preface to Anton Webern’s three-and-a-half-minute 6 Bagatellen op. 9, composed in 1913,“what moderation is required to express oneself so briefly. Every glance can be extended into a poem, every sigh into a novel. But to express a novel in a single gesture, joy in a single indrawn breath – such concentration can only be present when there is a corresponding absence of self-indulgence.”


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