2009 Student Research Conference:
22nd Annual Student Research Conference

Structural Motivic Unification In Early Songs Of The Second Viennese School
Jennifer A. Tullmann♦
Dr. Warren Gooch, Faculty Mentor

STRUCTURAL MOTIVIC UNIFICATION IN EARLY SONGS OF THE SECOND VIENNESE SCHOOL Arnold Schoenberg, Alban Berg and Anton Webern are commonly referred to as the Second Viennese School of composers. These composers are especially noted for their development and use of the twelve-tone technique of composition. However, all three composers produced a valuable body of music prior to the emergence of this technique. Each composer wrote a number of songs early in their career. These songs include elements of the traditional circle progression, the influence of post-Wagnerian Romanticism, and the use of unifying motivic and/or thematic elements. The music also demonstrates an intimate relationship between text and music. This presentation will discuss three early songs selected from the repertoire of each of the three composers. In addition to concepts mentioned above, elements such as tonal ambiguity, chromaticism, word-painting, poetry selection and stylistic development of the three composers will be discussed.

Keywords: Second Viennese School, Schoenberg, Berg, Webern, pre-atonal, early songs, motivic analysis, thematic analysis


Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 12-1
Location: OP 2111
Time: 8:15

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