Anton Webern: Passacaglia (Arranger: Henri Pousseur)

Anton Webern Passacaglia
Passacaglia

Anton Webern: Passacaglia (Arranger: Henri Pousseur)

Opus:
op. 1
Year of composition:
1908
Scored for:
for small ensemble
Composer:
Anton Webern
Arranger:
Henri Pousseur (1987)
Instrumentation:
1 1 1 1 - 1 0 1 0 - perc, vib, synth, vln, vla, vc, cb
Instrumentation details:
flute (+picc)
oboe
clarinet in Bb
bassoon
horn in F
trombone
vibraphone (+xylorimba)
percussion
syntheziser
violin
viola
violoncello
contrabass
Duration:
11’
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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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