A wonderfully intense excerpt from Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire.
from MY WAR YEARS – A FILM BY LARRY WEINSTEIN
Arnold Schoenberg and his friends and students (including Alban Berg, Anton Webern, Alexander von Zemlinsky, Alma Mahler, Erwin Stein, Roberto Gerhard, Wassily Kandinsky. Hanns Eisler, Egon Wellesz and Oskar Kokoschka) tell the story of the composer’s life in their own words. This third segment covers Schoenberg’s, Berg’s and Webern’s enlistment to fight in the First World War, and concludes with Schoenberg’s disclosure to his students of his new “Method of Composing with Twelve Tones Which are Related Only with One Another.” Excerpts from live performances of Schoenberg’s works are included, with artists including Pierre Boulez and the Ensemble Intercontemporain with Marianne Pousseur. Featured works include excerpts from Pierrot Lunaire, the first Chamber Symphony, and the Suite for Piano, Op. 25.