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Anton Webern: Passacaglia

(Arranger: Henri Pousseur)

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

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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