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Anton Webern (1883-1945)
(Article ID: 226 - republished on Sun 26/01/2020 from artissimo.gr)

NATIONALITY
Anton Webern (1883-1945): Anton Webern was Austrian.

IN GENERAL
Anton Webern (1883-1945): Webern was one of the most important representatives of the twelve-tone system before the World Was II. Webern's initial style had been atonal (non-existence of tonality), but after Schoenberg's impact Webern began to use exclusively the twelve-tone serial method of composition with grand force and determination. Webern's work was mainly propagated after the war and has since influenced a lot of modern composers because of his idiomorphic style and uniqueness.

STYLE
Anton Webern (1883-1945): The application of the twelve-tone serial composition method did not change radically the writing style of Webern. He was completely removed, however, from every tonal reference (contrary to Webern's "teacher" Schoenberg and his "schoolmate" Berg - which was also Schoenberg's student), even if Webern adopted several older methods of treating music material - mainly adapted to counterpoint because Webern's style is mainly contrapuntal - with great attention to the accents and to the use of pauses (non music!). Webern's music can be considered "condensed" because of its small size and the great relative weight of each note that exists in Webern's compositions.

WORKS
Anton Webern (1883-1945): Webern's work is very important concerning the art of twelve-tone system composition - 20 lieds (songs) with escort of piano, 28 lieds with escort of various small instrumental ensembles. Chamber music : 6 bagatelles with string quartet, 1 trio for strings, 1 string quartet, 1 concerto for 9 instruments. Compositions for orchestra : 6 pieces and 5 pieces (independent collections of pieces), 1 symphony, variations and several independent piano compositions.




Anton Webern (1883-1945)

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