Arnold Schoenberg: 5 Pieces for piano, Op.23
Anton Webern: Kinderstück (Children's piece) for piano
Anton Webern: Piece (in the tempo of a minuet) for piano
Hanns Eisler: 4 Pieces for piano, Op.3
Arnold Schoenberg: Suite, Op.25
The 1920s in Vienna was a period of vibrant artistic experimentation, diversity of style and potent musical adventure.
During this time Schoenberg devised his system of so-called 12-note composition as a means of bringing order to his radical musical language. During this second recital in Karim Said's trio of concerts, hear Schoenberg's early explorations into this idiosyncratic sound world in the 5 Pieces Op.23, and also a later piece he devoted totally to this revolutionary method, the Suite Op.25.
The concert continues with two pieces by Anton Webern, arguably Schoenberg's most celebrated disciple. Webern is famed for his ability to condense his thoughts to their bare essence. Each of the performed pieces is only a minute and a half long.
Hanns Eisler was another of Schoenberg's pupils and Said performs his 4 Piano Pieces, Op.3, which, in the words of musicologist Theodor Adorno, 'vacillate between rebellious trickery and steadfast tenderness'.Performers
Karim Said piano
Sara Mohr-Pietsch presenter