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We are now well into our Spring Term rehearsals and thoroughly enjoying playing well-loved music by 18th century English composer William Boyce, Elgar, Mozart and Vivaldi.   Our major challenge this term is Transfigured Night (Verklärte Nacht) by the Austrian composer Arnold Schoenberg.

Born in Vienna, Schoenberg (1874-1951) was a Jew who temporarily converted to Lutheran Christianity when he was 24.   In his 30s, he became influential – perhaps notorious? - for abandoning classical tonality and establishing an equal 12-tone system known as serialism which composers such as Alban Berg followed.  He was in France in 1933 when Hitler came to power, and he was warned not to return to Austria.  He returned to his Jewish faith and went to the USA where he lived for the rest of his life.

Transfigured Night is an early work when Wagner, Richard Strauss and Mahler were influences, and is based on a poem describing two lovers walking in a moon-lit wood where the man comforts the woman for bearing another man’s baby saying that their love transfigures the child that she will bear to him.   Originally written for String Sextet, Schoenberg arranged it for String Orchestra in 1924.

Do find out more about this and our other music from Haydn Thomas 01562 885 252; sanhay50@gmail.com

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