Anton Webern

Anton Webern (December 3, 1883 – September 15, 1945) - Austrian composer.
He was a member of the so called Second Viennese School. As a student and significant follower of Arnold Schoenberg, he became one of the best-known exponents of the Twelve-tone technique; in addition, his innovations regarding schematic organization of pitch, rhythm and dynamics were formative in the musical style later known as serialism.

Webern was born in Vienna, Austria, as Anton Friedrich Wilhelm von Webern. He never used his middle names, dropping the von in 1918. After spending much of his youth in Graz and Klagenfurt, Webern attended Vienna University from 1902. There he studied musicology with Guido Adler, writing his thesis on the Choralis Constantinus of Heinrich Isaac. This interest in early music would greatly influence his compositional technique in later years.

He studied composition under Arnold Schoenberg, writing his Passacaglia, Op. 1 as his graduation piece in 1908. He met Alban Berg, who was also a pupil of Schoenberg's, and these two relationships would be the most important in his life in shaping his own musical direction. After graduating, he took a series of conducting posts at theatres in Ischl, Teplitz, Danzig, Stettin, and Prague before moving back to Vienna. There he helped to run Schoenberg's Society for Private Musical Performances and conducted the Vienna Workers Symphony Orchestra from 1922 to 1934.

Webern's music was denounced as "cultural Bolshevism" when the Nazi Party seized power in Austria in 1938. As a result, he found it harder to earn a living, and had to take on work as an editor and proof-reader for his publishers, Universal Edition. Webern left Vienna in 1945 and moved to Mittersill in Salzburg, believing he would be safer there. On September 15 however, during Allied occupation of Austria, he was shot dead by a drunk American Army soldier following the arrest of his son-in-law for black market activities.

Schoenberg, Berg, Webern: String Quartets - LaSalle Quartet (Wiener Schule - Second Viennese School) (CD)

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Chambersax! - Chamber Music for the Saxophone (CD)

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