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Stravinsky Vs. Schoenberg 4—Winter Lecture Series

  • Private Home in Encino Encino, CA 91316 (map)

8  Wednesday   Evenings      7:00-9:00PM
January 15- March 11, 2019   Lectures in Encino, CA

Complete Series: $480
Individual Evenings: $65


The Schoenberg students would be on one side of the aisle, and the Stravinsky students on the other, eyeing each other with contempt. Then Schoenberg and Stravinsky would enter on opposite aisles, obviously ignoring each other. That was how Leon Kirchner once described to me the Monday Evening Concerts here in Los Angeles in the 1950s. Today it is difficult to imagine such enmity between these two master composers and their students. We hear similarities in their music and aesthetics. Difficulties with their music have softened over time. But back then, the entrenchment of music ideology was very real and took no prisoners. 

These evenings will explore Stravinsky’s and Schoenberg’s pivotal music that defined the path for musical modernism, as well as the ideologies that inspired it. We trace Schoenberg’s evolution from late Romanticism to his daring break from conventional harmony into atonality, then on to his formalized twelve tone method of composition. In parallel, we trace Stravinsky’s evolution from late Romanticism to his own revolutionary embrace of dissonance, then on to his astonishing “step backward” to reinvent tonality (neoclassicism), and finally, in his late works, to adopting the twelve tone method himself. You will find this music challenging, endlessly stimulating, and a key gateway for understanding and appreciating contemporary music. Curiosity and enthusiasm are a must, but previous knowledge of 20thcentury music is not necessary to enjoy this journey.

Lectures are in Encino, CA—5646 Babbitt Ave. Encino, CA 91316

Note: For multiple individual evenings, you must purchase each evening separately—sorry, that’s just how it works. You may also pay by mail. Please make your check payable to Masterwork Journeys and send to:
Masterwork Journeys
4924 Balboa Blvd. #162
Encino, CA 91316