Stravinsky Vs. Schoenberg

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Stravinsky Vs. Schoenberg

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STRAVINSKY VS. SCHOENBERG

WITH RUSSELL STEINBERG, PH.D.

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

 



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STRAVINSKY VS. SCHOENBERG

EVENING TOPICS

January 15: Introduction and Overview
Two views of the future
Lives of Schoenberg and Stravinsky
Excerpts from:
StravinskyFirebirdRite of Spring,Les Noces, Dumbarton OaksSymphony of Wind Instruments, Agon
SchoenbergTransfigured NightErwartung,Five Pieces for OrchestraTwo Pieces,op. 33, String Trio, Survivor from Warsaw

January 22:Romanticism on Steroids
Schoenberg’s
Transfigured Nightand
Stravinsky’s Firebird

January 29: Intuition and the Tonal Precipice
Schoenberg
Piano Pieces, op. 11,Five Pieces for Orchestra
StravinskyPetrushka

February 5: Breakthrough 1909
Schoenberg’s 
Pierrot Lunaire
The song cycle that essentially ushered in the 20thcentury and established the eclectic chamber ensemble as the primary vehicle for contemporary music.

February 12: Breakthrough 1911
Stravinsky’s 
Rite of Spring
Without question the most influential classical work of the 20thcentury, firmly establishing a new musical frontier of dissonance, primitive rhythms, and colors/textures.

February 19: From Intuition to Systems
The 12 Tone System:
Schoenberg
Suite for Piano, op. 25, String Quartet No. 4
Neoclassicism:
Stravinsky
OctetApollo

February 26: Mastery of Modernism
Schoenberg
Piano ConcertoSurvivor from Warsaw
Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms

March 4: NO CLASS

March 11: Late 12 Tone Works
Schoenberg
String Trio
StravinskyRequiem Canticles 
Continuing Legacy of Schoenberg and Stravinsky

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