Donald Macleod explores the life and works of Anton Webern, who studied under Arnold Schoenberg and became one of the best-known serialist composers.
Donald Macleod tackles Webern's forbidding reputation, and explores some myths about the spirit behind his music. He reveals how tragedy blighted Webern's early career, and considers the way his erratic, headstrong personality shaped the music he wrote. He also investigates how Webern's encounter with his mentor Arnold Schoenberg led to a continuing relationship that imposed on huge areas of his life and music, and not always in a positive way. Finally, Macleod reflects on Webern's intense love of his homeland Austria, which helped him through the difficulties of the Second World War until his death at the hands of an American soldier.