Music

Anton Webern

Born 3 December 1883. Died 15 September 1945.
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Stephen Johnson takes a close look at the music of Anton Webern.

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Biography

Anton Webern (3 December 1883 – 15 September 1945) was an Austrian composer and conductor. He was a member of the Second Viennese School. As a student, significant follower of, and influence on Arnold Schoenberg, he became one of the best-known exponents of the twelve-tone technique. His characteristically unique innovations regarding schematic organization of pitch, rhythm and dynamics were formative in the musical technique later known as total serialism, so much so as to focus the attention of his posthumous reception in a direction away from, if not apparently antithetical to, his affiliations with German Romanticism and Expressionism.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of String Quartets

    String Quartets 2007

    Reviewed by John Armstrong
    It's a pleasure to be reminded that Webern always was a lyrical composer...
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