December 5, 2017

Kammersymphonie No. 1, Op. 9

Arnold Schoenberg

Born: September 13, 1874, Vienna, Austria

Died: July 13, 1951, Los Angeles, California

Composed: 1906

Duration: 20 minutes

When Schoenberg completed the Kammersymphonie (Chamber Symphony) No. 1 in 1906, he told his friends: “Now I have established my style. Now I know how I have to compose.” He quickly realized this was not true: as he put it, h...

July 20, 2015

The University of Maryland Wind Orchestra performed at the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles Conference in San Jose, California, on July 12, 2015.

Concert Program:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Overture to "The Magic Flute" (1791), arr. Bastiaan Blomhert

Michael Forbes: Grumpy Troll

Craig Potter, tuba

Arvo Pärt: Fratres (1977), arr. Beat Brinner

Edgard Varèse: Density 21.5

Car...

June 27, 2010

Schoenberg's "Theme and Variations, Op. 43a", a cornerstone of the wind band repertoire, was featured today on Composers Datebook from American Public Media. Schoenberg intended the piece to be played by a high school ensemble or amateur group, but as anyone who has performed the piece can tell you, it is much too difficult for high school students. The piece is also unusual, in that S...

February 21, 2010

I can tell you, dearest friend, that if it were known how much friendship, love and a world of human and spiritual references I have smuggled into these three movements, the adherents of program music—should there be any left—would go mad with joy.

—“Open Letter” from Alban Berg to Arnold Schoenberg, February 9, 1925

The Vienna of Schoenberg and his students was also the Vienna of Sigmun...

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