Anton Webern: Passacaglia

Anton Webern Passacaglia
Passacaglia

Anton Webern: Passacaglia

Opus:
op. 1
Year of composition:
1908
Scored for:
for orchestra
Composer:
Anton Webern
Instrumentation:
3 3 3 3 - 4 3 3 1 - timp, perc, hp, str
Instrumentation details:
piccolo
1. flute
2. flute
1. oboe
2. oboe
cor anglais
1. clarinet in B
2. clarinet in B
bass clarinet in B
1. bassoon
2. bassoon
contrabassoon
1. horn in F
2. horn in F
3. horn in F
4. horn in F
1. trumpet in B
2. trumpet in B
3. trumpet in B
1. trombone
2. trombone
3. trombone
bass tuba
timpani
perc
harp
violin I
violin II
viola
violoncello
contrabass
Duration:
12’
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Passacaglia
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Work introduction

‘To surrender oneself utterly to the listening experience’ – this is what Anton Webern’s music demands. ‘To recognise sounds, to experience them sensuously’ – these are the composer’s main concerns. His works are among the most important compositions of the 20th century and represent the most radical and logically consistent continuation of the 12-tone technique developed by Arnold Schönberg. ‘He could express a whole novel in a sigh’, said Schönberg of his compressed writing style. His first masterpiece, the Passacaglia for orchestra op. 1 (first performed in 1908) is a remarkable testimony to Webern’s handling of the late Romantic orchestral apparatus as well as to his clear formal organisation of its 269 bars.

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Next performances

15 Dec

Passacaglia

Musiikkitalo, Helsinki (FI)

World première

Location:
Wien
Date:
04.11.1908
Conductor:
Anton Webern

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