Anton Webern: 5 Pieces

Anton Webern 5 Pieces
5 Pieces

Anton Webern: 5 Pieces

Opus:
op. 10
Year of composition:
1911-1913
Scored for:
for orchestra
Composer:
Anton Webern
Instrumentation:
1 1 2 0 - 1 1 1 0 - perc(4), hp, cel, harm, mand, guit, vln, vla, vc, cb
Instrumentation details:
flute (+picc)
oboe
clarinet in Eb
clarinet in Bb (+bass cl(Bb))
horn in F
trumpet in Bb
trombone
percussion(4 players): glockenspiel, xylophone, bells (some of them low), cow bells, triangle, cymbals, snare drum, bass drum
harp
celesta
harmonium
mandolin
guitar
violin
viola
violoncello
double bass
Table of contents:
Fünf Stücke für Orchester
Duration:
6’
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Work introduction

Like the Op. 9 Bagatelles, these orchestra pieces have a complicated origin. Two of them (nos. 1 and 4) were written in 1911, the other three in 1913, along with a larger number – some merely sketched, some completed, and some including a singing voice. Webern conducted the premiere in Zurich in 1926.

The instrumental forces of Op. 10 are actually a chamber orchestra: the winds and strings one-to-a-part and the small complement of instruments never used in full. The use of harmonium, mandolin, guitar, celesta, bells and cowbells were certainly suggested by Mahler (Symphonies 6 through 8), whom Webern passionately admired. As with the Bagatelles written at the same time, everything is reduced to its essentials; the fourth piece, only six bars long, is the shortest one Webern ever composed, and only the last one, 31 bars long, attains the dimensions of Opp. 5 and 6. However, everything here has become quieter, subcutaneous. Schönberg’s notion of Klangfarbenmelodie doubtless plays a certain part in the orchestration; for example, the thrice-repeated F at the end of the first piece is scored differently each time: first, the flute alone, then flute and muted trumpet, then trumpet alone and finally celesta. These pieces are surely among the most beautiful and disciplined of all Webern’s works.

Manfred Angerer

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Anton Webern: 5 Pieces

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for orchestra , 6’
Instr.: 1 1 2 0 - 1 1 1 0 - perc(4), hp, cel, harm, mand, guit, vln, vla, vc, cb

5 Pieces

Anton Webern: 5 Pieces

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for orchestra , 6’
Instr.: 1 1 2 0 - 1 1 1 0 - perc(4), hp, cel, harm, mand, guit, vln, vla, vc, cb

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