Fr 20:00

Pioniere der Neuen Musik III: Neue Wiener Schule

Ensemble Phoenix Basel

With great passion and dedication, the Ensemble Phoenix Basel regularly devotes itself to the music of the so-called «New Viennese School», more precisely to the Austrian composer and painter Arnold Schönberg and his two students Alban Berg and Anton Webern. It is fair to say that European New Music would have experienced a different development without these three pioneers. On the one hand, deeply rooted in Romanticism, on the other, this music literally breathes «air from another planet», to use Stefan George's phrase, whose poems were often and willingly set to music by these three composers. The «dodecaphony» («twelve-tone technique») invented by Schönberg has influenced generations of composers and was the initial spark for further style-forming tendencies (e.g. «serial music»). This programme features songs for high soprano with ensemble, framed by original instrumental pieces and arrangements of larger orchestral works, in keeping with the tradition of the «Verein für musikalische Privataufführungen» (Society for Private Musical Performances), which was founded by Schönberg in Vienna in 1918 and disbanded in 1921.


Svea Schildknecht (soprano), Ensemble Phoenix Basel, Jürg Henneberger (musical direction)


Arnold Schönberg (1874-1951): «Herzgewächse» (Maurice Maeterlinck) for high soprano, celesta, harmonium and harp op. 20 (1911); «Suite» op. 29 for small clarinet, clarinet, bass clarinet, violin, viola, violoncello and piano (1925/26); Anton Webern (1883-1945): «Sechs Stücke op. 6» for orchestra (1909, Version for chamber orchestra 1920); «Zwei Lieder nach Gedichten von Rainer Maria Rilke für Gesang und Instrumente op. 8 (1910); «Sechs Lieder» after poems by Georg Trakl for voice and instruments op. 14 (1917-1921); Alban Berg (1885-1835): «Lied der Lulu» and «Adagio» from the opera «Lulu» (Frank Wedekind), for soprano and orchestra(1927-1935), arrangement for soprano and ensemble by Jürg Henneberger (2022)


Concert introduction with Jürg Henneberger at 19:00


100 minutes, with break


CHF 35.-/25.-/15.- (free choice at the box office or in advance)
Free admission applies to persons with residence permit N, F or S. / CHF 5.- students of the Hochschule für Musik FHNW and the Musicology Seminar of the University of Basel / CHF 10.- members Colourkey and children under 12 years.


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Guests can now choose their own admission price between three different price levels.
CHF 35.- / 25.- / 15.-


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Students of the Academy of Music FHNW and of the Seminar of Music of the University Basle will still enjoy an entry fee of CHF 5.-.
Colourkey holders and children under 12 years will pay CHF 10.-

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The season tickets include almost all events of the season 22/23.

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