London Sinfonietta

Webern and the Second Viennese School
Conducor Baldur Bronniman

Landmarks is a series in association with the London Sinfonietta that introduces and explores pivotal moments in the landscape of modern music through the words of the composers themselves, footage of the composers and the environments they were writing in, and images drawn from the time and location of each composition. In this concert the seismic perceptual shift created by Schoenberg, Berg and Webern in Vienna was reflected in the journey from Weberns early Lieder to the starkly atonal Three Traditional Rhymes, and through the visual references from the Secessionist artists, the Wiener Werkstatte and the simultaneous transformation of design, and Oskar Kokoschka, who created one of the most iconic images of Webern.

Vienna was the birthplace of the picture postcard, and in the first three decades of the twentieth century postcard design in Vienna reached its peak. As a reflection of a concise, and aphoristic approach to communication, the idea of the postcard was at the centre of the design for the concert. Webern was an avid collector of postcards                                
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