Sunday, July 23, 2017

Arnold Schoenberg - Three Folksong Settings op. 49

Simon Joly Chorale
Robert Craft, director

Schoenberg wrote tonal music all through his many years as a teacher, reportedly sometimes composing examples extempore at the blackboard.  Some of those have been collected and performed though not part of the official opus.  Here are three extremely beautiful settings of German folksongs, I believe done late in his life.  For people who wonder why he stopped writing tonal music the answer is that he didn't.

Update:  Here are two rather effective canons that may be some of those he composed for his classes. I don't think many composers would have wished they hadn't written them.

Donato D'Antonio - guitar,
Anselmo Pelliccioni - cello,
Vanni Montanari - flute,
Roberto Noferini - violin

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