Learning to Love Schoenberg

We’re happy to share resources from our Virtual Ojai Talks: Learning to Love Schoenberg … [continue reading]

Ojai Music Festival
Learning to Love Schoenberg
WED 02.21.24
5:30-6:30PM PT

Many thanks to all who attended the Virtual Ojai Talks on the music of Schoenberg led by Artistic and Executive Director Ara Guzelimian. Here is the featured music and the resources that were discussed that we’d love to share with all!

The Music We Heard:

These are all readily accessible YouTube links. A companion playlist in either Apple Music or Spotify appears at the bottom, for those who prefer those sources for streaming. One note – the very beautiful Matthias Pintscher/Karajan Academy live performance of the Schoenberg Chamber Symphony No. 1 is only available on YouTube, so the streaming playlists include a different but also compelling performance led by Simon Rattle.

Schoenberg: Chamber Symphony No. 1, Op. 9

Matthias Pintscher conductor with the ensemble of the Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic

Schoenberg: String Quartet No. 2

Barbara Hannigan and the Emerson String Quartet

Text to Litanei (third movement)
Text to Entrückung (fourth movement)

Brahms: Piano Pieces, Opus 119

Rudolf Serkin, piano

Schoenberg: Six Little Piano Pieces, Op. 19

Mitsuko Uchida, piano

Other Media Referenced:

Schoenberg: Mahler’s Funeral

Painting, musically represented in the Op. 19, No. 6 movement above

Salka Viertel: The Kindness of Strangers

A rich remembrance of the emigré community of artists in Los Angeles of the 1930s and 1940s

Allen Shawn: Arnold Schoenberg’s Journey

A complex but rewarding portrait of the composer and his work, if you are not daunted by extensive musical analysis

Here is the playlist: