Anton Webern

Composer. Born 3 December 1883. Died 15 September 1945
Anton Webern
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1883-12-03
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Anton Webern

Anton Webern Biography (Wikipedia)

Anton Friedrich Wilhelm von Webern ( (listen); 3 December 1883 – 15 September 1945) was an Austrian composer and conductor. Along with his mentor Arnold Schoenberg and his colleague Alban Berg, Webern was in the core of those in the circle of the Second Viennese School, including Ernst Krenek and Theodor W. Adorno. As an exponent of atonality and twelve-tone technique, Webern exerted influence on contemporaries Luigi Dallapiccola, Křenek, and even Schoenberg himself. As a tutor, Webern guided and variously influenced Arnold Elston, Frederick Dorian (Friederich Deutsch), Matty Niël, Fré Focke, Karl Amadeus Hartmann, Philipp Herschkowitz, René Leibowitz, Humphrey Searle, Leopold Spinner, and Stefan Wolpe.

Webern's music was among the most radical of its milieu, both in its concision and in its rigorous and resolute apprehension of twelve-tone technique. His innovations in schematic organization of pitch, rhythm, register, timbre, dynamics, articulation, and melodic contour; his eagerness to redefine imitative contrapuntal techniques such as canon and fugue; and his inclination toward athematicism, abstraction, and lyricism all greatly informed and oriented intra- and post-war European, typically serial or avant-garde composers such as Olivier Messiaen, Pierre Boulez, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Luigi Nono, Bruno Maderna, Henri Pousseur, and György Ligeti. In the United States, meanwhile, his music attracted the interest of Elliott Carter, whose critical ambivalence was marked by a certain enthusiasm nonetheless; Milton Babbitt, who ultimately derived more inspiration from Schoenberg's twelve-tone practice than that of Webern; and Igor Stravinsky, to whom it was very fruitfully reintroduced by Robert Craft.

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Im Sommerwind
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Johann Sebastian Bach
Fuga ricercata No 2 (excerpt 'Musikalischen Opfer', BWV.1079)
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Fuga ricercata No 2 (excerpt 'Musikalischen Opfer', BWV.1079)
Anton Webern
Four pieces for violin and piano op.7
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Four pieces for violin and piano op.7
Anton Webern
Im Sommerwind
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Im Sommerwind

Im Sommerwind

Orchestra
SWR Symphony Orchestra, Baden-Baden and Freiburg
Franz Schubert
6 Deutsche Tänze, D820
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6 Deutsche Tänze, D820
Johann Sebastian Bach
Musical Offering, BWV 1079 (Ricercar No 2)
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Musical Offering, BWV 1079 (Ricercar No 2)
Franz Schubert
6 Deutsche [German dances] D.820
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6 Deutsche [German dances] D.820
Johann Strauss II
Schatz-Walzer, Op.418 (The Gypsy Baron)
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Schatz-Walzer, Op.418 (The Gypsy Baron)
Johann Strauss II
Schatz-Walzer, Op 418
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Schatz-Walzer, Op 418
Anton Webern
Six Pieces for Chamber Orchestra, Op 6
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Six Pieces for Chamber Orchestra, Op 6
Anton Webern
Langsamer Satz
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Langsamer Satz
Anton Webern
Langsamer Satz
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Langsamer Satz
Franz Schubert
Tränenregen (Die schöne Müllerin)
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Tränenregen (Die schöne Müllerin)
Johann Sebastian Bach
A Musical Offering, BWV 1079 (Ricercar a 6 orch Webern)
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A Musical Offering, BWV 1079 (Ricercar a 6 orch Webern)
Anton Webern
Im Sommerwind
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Im Sommerwind
Anton Webern
Acht frühe Lieder, No 5: Sommerabend
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Acht frühe Lieder, No 5: Sommerabend

Acht frühe Lieder, No 5: Sommerabend

Performer
Agalia Bätzner
Ursula Hesse
Anton Webern
3 Little Pieces
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3 Little Pieces
Anton Webern
Passacaglia
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Passacaglia
Anton Webern
Fünf Lieder von Dehmel: No.2 'Am ufer'
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Fünf Lieder von Dehmel: No.2 'Am ufer'
Anton Webern
2 Pieces for cello and piano
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2 Pieces for cello and piano
Anton Webern
Five Pieces for Orchestra, Op 10
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Five Pieces for Orchestra, Op 10
Anton Webern
3 Kleine Stücke Für Violoncello Und Klavier (1914) - II
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3 Kleine Stücke Für Violoncello Und Klavier (1914) - II

3 Kleine Stücke Für Violoncello Und Klavier (1914) - II

Performer
Kremerata Musica, Clemens Hagen (Cello), Oleg Maisenberg (Piano)
Anton Webern
3 Kleine Stücke Für Violoncello Und Klavier (1914) - I
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3 Kleine Stücke Für Violoncello Und Klavier (1914) - I

3 Kleine Stücke Für Violoncello Und Klavier (1914) - I

Performer
Kremerata Musica, Clemens Hagen (Cello), Oleg Maisenberg (Piano)
Anton Webern
Im Sommerwind
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Im Sommerwind
Johann Strauss II
Schatz Op. 418
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Schatz Op. 418
Anton Webern
5 pieces for String Quartet (Sehr bewegt)
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5 pieces for String Quartet (Sehr bewegt)
Anton Webern
Langsamer Satz
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Langsamer Satz
Anton Webern
Langsamer Satz
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Langsamer Satz
Anton Webern
Piano Quintet
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Piano Quintet

Piano Quintet

Ensemble
Denes Varjon, Antje Weithaas, Tobias Feldman, Danusha Waskiewicz, Bruno Philippe
Anton Webern
Five Pieces, Op.10
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Five Pieces, Op.10
Anton Webern
Im Sommerwind
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Im Sommerwind
Pierre Boulez & London Symphony Orchestra & Anton Webern
Five Pieces for Orchestra, II. Lebhaft und zart bewegt
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Five Pieces for Orchestra, II. Lebhaft und zart bewegt

Five Pieces for Orchestra, II. Lebhaft und zart bewegt

Performer
Pierre Boulez & London Symphony Orchestra
Pierre Boulez & London Symphony Orchestra & Anton Webern
Five Pieces for Orchestra, I. Sehr ruhig und zart
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Five Pieces for Orchestra, I. Sehr ruhig und zart

Five Pieces for Orchestra, I. Sehr ruhig und zart

Performer
Pierre Boulez & London Symphony Orchestra
Anton Webern
Five pieces for string quartet Op.5 arranged for orchestra - movements 2 & 3
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Five pieces for string quartet Op.5 arranged for orchestra - movements 2 & 3
Anton Webern
Clarinet Quintet in B flat major, Op 34 (1st mvt)
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Clarinet Quintet in B flat major, Op 34 (1st mvt)
Franz Schubert
Du bist die Ruh
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Du bist die Ruh
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